April 15, 2003
When Dusty Bonner transferred from the University of Kentucky to Valdosta State three years ago, he said he would love to return to the city of Lexington one day.
The two time Harlon Hill Award winner has returned to the Bluegress as the quarterback for the Lexington Horseman who are playing their first season in the National Indoor Football League.
In his first two games, Bonner has completed 42 of 72 passes for 430 yards with seven touchdowns and two interceptions.
Kentucky fans have not forgotten the former Wildcat quarterback who was the SEC's top rated quarterback in 1999.
The Lexington Horsemen are using Dusty as one of their main marketing tools and it is paying off.
Lexington set a NIFL record in their first ever home game with a crowd of more then 10,000 fans.
The Horsemen lost that game to the Lake Charles Sharks 50 to 41 but they got their first ever win last week at Myrtle Beach.
After being cut by the Atlanta Falcons last summer, Dusty Bonner still dreams of getting another shot at the NFL but right now he admits he is having fun learning how to play a different style of football.
Bonner said "It is alot different for a quarterback because alot of the throws changed. It is a compressed game makes things alot tougher with alot of things are hard to see but it is a blast as far as the fans are right on top of you. When you play in Rupp and get about ten thousand people in there, it gets a "rockin".
Dusty Bonner is playing with several former Kentucky teammates in Lexington and one former Valdosta State teammate.
Wide receiver Carlos Johnson of Moultrie has caught two touchdown passes this season.
The Lexington Horesmen will this Saturday against the Oklahoma Crude at Rupp Arena.