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Monday Headlines: Max’s Revenge Edition

Maxwell Hairston found his revenge on Saturday at Vanderbilt.

NCAA Football: Kentucky at Vanderbilt Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

While Kentucky has several tough games on the back-half of their schedule, one game that was circled early was this past Saturday’s trip to Nashville. Kentucky was flat-out embarrassed last year in Lexington, losing to Vanderbilt in tough fashion. So fans knew that head coach Mark Stoops and his team would want to return the favor.

That itch for a revenge game continued throughout the team — including with rising star and defensive back Maxwell Hairston. He didn’t necessarily play well against the Commodores last season and had this past Saturday’s game on his mind for a while.

Hairston was determined to not let Kentucky lose for a second consecutive year to Vanderbilt and was certainly instrumental his team’s 45-28 victory over the weekend. He returned two interceptions for touchdowns and had four tackles for third-most on the team.

In his second year, Hairston has blossomed not only into a great player for Kentucky but also a leader. He’s had the right mentality and has backed that up with production over the team’s first four games. That’s been impactful and even more promising considering the youth throughout the back-end of Kentucky’s defense.

Despite a great season so far this year, Hairston says he still has room to improve. And that’s true, since everyone could always be better. But Stoops and the rest of his staff have to be thrilled about Hairston and the year he’s starting to put together.

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