LEXINGTON, KY. (WDRB) – When it comes to his game day wardrobe, UK senior Courtney Miggins insists it has to be the same every time out.

Two bands on the right arm.

Some wrist tape.

And socks. Always fresh out of the package.

The 6-foot-5, 285-pound defensive end isn’t one to mess with tradition except when a tradition has been less than stellar.

“I’m just trying to change the climate and how people think of UK football,” said Miggins.

Since starting fall camp, Miggins has become one of the only sure things for a UK front seven full of question marks. The junior college transfer played in 11 games last year for the Wildcats. The Coaches believe that experience and as well as the extra practice from the offseason have helped him become a better player.

“He’s always been a good athlete,” said Defensive Coordinator DJ Eliot. “Now he’s been able to take his athleticism and apply some technique to it.”

Coming into camp this year, Miggins was not as a vocal leader.  But after the team lost Defensive tackle Regie Meant for the season, everyone’s noticed a change in the way Miggins carries himself.

“When you lose the leadership of a guy that’s been there for four years, other guys have to step up in that role,” said defensive line coach Jimmy Brumbaugh. “He’s starting to be more of a leader.”

It seems like a lot to ask from someone who has never started a division one game. But Miggins says he’s up for the challenge.  He’s knows what to expect and he says he’ll be ready for it.

“Ultimately I want to be the champs, that’s all I want,” said Miggins. “I know I have much more to offer.”

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