Position: Strong Safety For University of Kentucky
Hometown: Lexington Kentucky
Weight: 216 lbs.
Winston Guy Jr. is the type of person and player that every NFL team can use; hard-working, eager to learn and dedicated to his team. As a 3-year starter and defensive standout for the Kentucky Wildcats, Guy anchored a squad that engaged in a legitimate battle nearly every time they took the field. As any good field general will tell you, it is the battle-teased soldiers that fare best in the uncertain and intense environment of war. Indeed, Winston is a man that you can be comfortable and confident going to war alongside.
Kentucky head coach Joker Phillips was able to recognize the talent and potential in Winston when he was still being employed as the offensive coordinator, and by the time the youthful coach took the reigns of the football program in 2010, Winston was already the linchpin of a secondary that struck fear into the hearts of opposing receivers. Defensive Coordinator Rick Mintor relied on the agility, speed and toughness of Winston when scheming for the likes of LSU, Florida, Georgia and Tennessee, the last of which Kentucky was able to beat for the first time in 27 years after Winston led a defensive effort that held the Volunteers to zero points through the first 58 minutes of play.
His Kentucky teammates routinely looked to Winston for inspiration and confidence, and he has long been recognized as an athlete that fears no one and welcomes competition of the highest level. While giving all due respect to a Kentucky football program that has been consistent and very prideful over the years, it has been said that if Winston had attended a SEC school that was on national television every weekend, there is a decent chance that he would currently be the top ranked SS in the 2012 draft.
A fan favorite as a result of his big hits, vibrant personality and willingness to lay his body on the line for the good of the team, Kentucky faithful are certainly lamenting the departure of one of the best secondary players to ever suit up in the blue and white, but the proud university is hopeful that they will have another name to add to the growing list of graduates that have gone on to become professional athletes this fall.
Size, speed, and natural football acumen aside, an abundance of NFL teams already have Winston on their radar because of the business end of the deal; big hits make crowds go wild. Winston put some of the most memorable hits of the year on fellow SEC players en route to being named to the Associated Press All SEC Football Second Team in early December of last year.
Much like many of the top-flight players in the NFL that attended colleges that didn’t happen to be one of the favorites of major television networks, Winston is going to make some pro team very happy they did their homework!