Lindley, a junior from Hiram, Ga., has four interceptions and 11 pass breakups this season. He leads the Southeastern Conference and ranks 14th nationally in total passes defended per game. A consensus first-team All-SEC honoree, he also was a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation’s top defensive back.
Additional highlights of Lindley’s season include a 28-yard interception return for a touchdown vs. South Carolina and an interception of Tim Tebow, one of only two pickoffs the Heisman Trophy winner has had this year. Lindley also had an interception in season opener at Louisville and returned it to the two-yard line, setting up a Kentucky touchdown. He had three pass breakups at Alabama, in the process setting the UK career record for PBU.
Lindley has provided outstanding pass defense throughout his career. He has started all 38 games during the last three seasons and his career record for pass breakups currently stands at 34. He has nine interceptions as a Wildcat, tied for seventh in school history.
Lindley has made numerous game-changing plays during his career, helping the team win more games in a three-year stretch since the 1954-55-56 seasons. Here are crucial plays Lindley made in big Wildcat wins in 2006-07: Game-clinching interception vs. Georgia in 2006; Acrobatic end-zone interception plus a fumble recovery in 2006 bowl win over Clemson; Interception and long return on first play of 2007 win over then-No. 9 Louisville; 66-yard fumble return for a touchdown in 2007 win at Arkansas; Fourth-quarter interception in 2007 win over No. 1 LSU; Caused a fumble and had three pass breakups in 2007 bowl win over Florida State.
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