A lot of people might take Kentucky’s five-game bowl streak for granted, but you can bet that former Wildcat receiver Glenn Holt won’t be one of them.
Holt, who recently joined ex-UK quarterback Andre Woodson as student assistants on Joker Phillips’ staff, lettered at Kentucky from 2002-05 and never got to play in a bowl game. UK’s bowl streak started the following year with a trip to the Music City Bowl.
The Wildcats went just 18-30 during Holt’s four-year career. UK went 7-5 in 2002, Holt’s freshman year, but couldn’t go to a bowl game due to NCAA probation. That was followed by losing years in each of Holt’s final three seasons.
Holt played four seasons in the NFL after leaving UK, three with the Cincinnati Bengals.
“I was just telling the guys in a meeting today, appreciate that you’ve been able to go to bowl games,” Holt said. “I was here four years and didn’t get to one. In fact, we only won one winning season when I was here and we couldn’t go to a bowl game. They’re very fortunate. They’ll say, ‘Well, you played in the NFL. You played behind Chad Johnson. Yeah, but I never went to a bowl game.’
Holt and Woodson started shortly after UK returned from the BBVA Compass Bowl last month. As student assistants, they’re allowed to work with players in the off-season when the coaches are prohibited from doing so. Holt will assist Tee Martin with the wide receivers.
And you count on him being one guy who’ll be motivated to help UK get to a sixth straight bowl.
“I want to be in a bowl game,” Holt said. “That’s one of my main goals. I didn’t get to one as a player, so now I want to help the program get there as a coach.’