"We got him working at wide receiver and at running back, kickoffs, everything, really. He can line up as a tailback as we need him. He has got skills. I wouldn't be surprised if we hit the field for that game with them and he ain't the best athlete on the field. He is a quarterback and that is where he wants to play. That's where we will play him one day, so right now he is kind of a backup at a lot of positions."
Now that's what we've been waiting for. A sign that Bobby and Jimbo will pull out all the stops to win this otherwise meaningless bowl game, or at least make it very interesting.
Actually, it's a refreshing dose of deja vu all over again. A return to Bowden's Riverboat Gambler days, when he evened the odds against bigger more talented teams with daring, creative play calling. Nobody knew how to keep opponents off balance like the King of the Road. And his Richardson comments hint that he still has some tricks and twists up those Nike jacket sleeves.
Maybe the silver lining in this tutorgate mess starts shining through today. Maybe the winningest coach in the universe and his disciple will attack Kentucky with a go-for-broke vengeance, right from the first offensive snap. Maybe they realize it's the only way to survive the bowl and who knows how many suspension games in '08. Maybe they get it that an exciting, unpredictable offense can win games as well as the hearts and minds of recruits itching to sign an LOI.
And just maybe it took having their backs against the wall to rekindle the old Bobby, and fire up the coach of the future.