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UK safety Winston Guy and linebacker Danny Trevathan were selected by Seattle and Denver, respectively, in the sixth round of the National Football League draft Saturday afternoon.
Guy was the 11th pick of the sixth round, 181st overall, and the only safety taken by Seattle through the first six rounds. Trevathan was tabbed seven picks later, at the 18th slot of the sixth round and 188th overall, and the only linebacker chosen by Denver through round six.
Guy, who came to UK from Lexington Catholic High School, played a different position each year as a Wildcat – cornerback as a freshman, free safety as a sophomore, strong safety as a junior and the hybrid linebacker/safety slot as a senior. He started his final three seasons.
Guy’s senior season was his best, making 120 tackles and ranking second in the Southeastern Conference in that category behind teammate Trevathan. Guy added 14 tackles for loss, 1.5 quarterback sacks, two pass interceptions, two pass breakups, one fumble caused and one fumble recovery. He finished his career with a bang, notching 14 tackles and earning an ESPN “helmet sticker” for his role in UK’s 10-7 upset of Tennessee. He earned second-team All-SEC honors by The Associated Press, SEC Coaches and Phil Steele’s College Football.
Guy also eclipsed the century mark as a junior with 106 tackles, including a career-high 18 stops in a win over Vanderbilt. He had three interceptions and four tackles for loss during that season. He was a second-team All-SEC choice by CollegeFootballNews.com.
For his career, Guy totaled 297 tackles, five interceptions and nine pass breakups. He also returned 19 kickoffs during career with an average of 25.0 yards per return. He helped the Wildcats to three bowl appearances, the AutoZone Liberty Bowl following the 2008 season, the 2009 Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl and the BBVA Compass Bowl after the 2010 season.
Guy is the first Wildcat to be selected by Seattle since linebacker Dean Wells in 1993. Wells played six years for the Seahawks (1993-98) and three more with Carolina (1999-2001).
Trevathan led the Southeastern Conference in tackles each of his last two seasons. As a senior, he totaled 143 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, four pass interceptions, five pass breakups, caused five fumbles and had one fumble recovery. He led the nation’s linebackers in fumbles caused (five) and was second among the nation’s linebackers in interceptions (four).
Thanks to Trevathan’s all-around excellence, he was named the National Linebacker of the Year by the College Football Performance Awards. He was named second-team All-America by SportsIllustrated.com and a first-team All-SEC choice by numerous selectors, including AP and ESPN.com.
Trevathan’s junior year was equally outstanding, as his 144 tackles led the SEC. He also had 16 tackles for loss that season, three sacks, three pass breakups and caused four fumbles. He became the first linebacker in Kentucky history to be named first-team All-America when he was chosen for that honor by CollegeFootballNews.com. He also received several first-team All-SEC accolades, including AP and SEC coaches.
Trevathan’s career numbers feature some monster totals – 374 tackles, 32.5 tackles for loss, six sacks, nine breakups, 11 fumbles caused and two fumble recoveries. He helped the Wildcats to three bowl appearances, the AutoZone Liberty Bowl following the 2008 season, the 2009 Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl and the BBVA Compass Bowl after the 2010 season.
Trevathan joins three other Wildcats in Denver. Special teams captain Wesley Woodyard (UK 2004-07) has been with the team four years. Tight end Jacob Tamme, who has been with the Indianapolis Colts the last four seasons, signed with Denver in the off-season. Defensive end Jeremy Jarmon, who played two seasons with the Washington Redskins, also has signed with Denver as a free agent.
Story and photo from UK Athletics