April 5, 2007

Growing old together

It doesn't seem that long ago that Ambrose Wooden was the wide receiver converted into the cornerback who was trying to learn a new position.

It doesn't seem that long ago that Terrail Lambert was the up-and-comer at cornerback trying to get up to speed with the rest of the players at his position.

Now, with the 2007 season just around the corner, Wooden is back for a fifth year as the elder statesman of the cornerback corps while Lambert, a backup a year ago, is the playmaker who is expected to lead the deep, promising group of coverage men.

"Yeah, I'm the old guy," said Wooden, who always seems to be breaking into an ear-to-ear grin. "I'm like the ancient player coming back."

"I'm excited about the opportunity to take on a leadership role," said Lambert, as understated in his response as Wooden is out-going.

"It doesn't hit you that you're a veteran. I can remember when I first came on this campus and I was one of the freshmen like (Darrin) Walls and (Raeshon) McNeil. The time has flown by."

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