? Mumme had, in one year, gotten Kentucky back on track by going to a wide-open attack that enabled sophomore Tim Couch to lead Division I-A quarterbacks, with 3,884 passing yards.
?With Derrick on the team, Dennis already understood how Kentucky's coaches operate.
? Kentucky had been fielding hundreds of phone calls every day from people asking, How are we doing with Dennis Johnson? "The people love you," Bassett said. "If you commit, within a week there will be 15 kids named Dennis."
Dennis thought about what Bassett said for two days. Late on Feb. 2 he slipped in a videotape of November's Florida-Florida State game. ("He loves to watch tape," Alvis says.)
"A lot of guys stay in Florida to play," Dennis says. "Why do they do that? It's close to home. I was watching the tape, and I thought, This is what I want Kentucky football to be." The next morning Dennis told his parents he was leaning toward Kentucky.
At 7:15 a.m. on signing day, Derrick called from Lexington and woke up Dennis. "Is it on?" Derrick asked.
"It's on," Dennis said.
He hung up and rolled over. A few minutes later Alvis woke him again. "Dad," Dennis asked, "where is my Kentucky cap?"