After he stood up and played a key role in the Wildcats’ 14-13 win over Mississippi State on the road today, let me be the first to say that he showed some real character.
He came in and played well in a tough situation. He apologized to his teammates and coaches. And Rich Brooks showed some impressive patience in dealing with the redshirt sophomore.
Now, let’s remember, it was Randall Cobb who ran for one of UK’s touchdowns and passed for another.
But Brooks kept Hartline’s head in the game by using him today, and the team and certainly Hartline will probably be better for it down the road.
More importantly, of course, UK won the game.
And let’s consider what UK won today. While Florida beat Georgia nearly as badly as it beat UK, the Wildcats lopsided loss last week takes a bit of a different perspective.
And the Cats are bowl eligible, heading to a third straight postseason game.
It hasn’t been a pretty UK season to watch. But in some ways, keeping the bowl string alive after losing the kind of talent the Wildcats lost last season is an accomplishment as great as anything the past two UK teams achieved.