Kentucky offensive tackle E.J. Price caused quite the commotion during a spring practice in March.
The USC transfer left practice early and sent out a barrage of Tweets, eventually announcing he was finished playing football at the University of Kentucky. After sitting down with Mark Stoops, the two buried the hatchet and Price was allowed to remain on the roster.
At UK Football Media Day, Price talked about what happened publicly for the first time.
“In the spring, I was battling a little injury, got a little down, of course,” Price told the Herald-Leader’s Jen Smith. “I’m a human. Social media can take on a life of its own. I definitely could’ve done a lot better job of managing my emotions.”
Price thanked Coach Stoops for giving him a second chance. “He’s been extremely supportive of me all through the process and I’m just grateful to be a part of this program and to be a part of this team.”
It’s difficult to justify Price’s reaction, but it’s easy to see why he was frustrated. The No. 85 player in the 2016 recruiting class has still not played a down of college football. He wore a redshirt during his only season at USC. After sitting out last season at Kentucky, Price finally had a chance to play in the spring, only to be sidelined with a pectoral strain.
Now Price finally has an opportunity to play. Competing for playing time with Landon Young, Eddie Gran said yesterday he’s seen a difference in Price.
“He’s more mature. There was a deal the other day, something happened, and he didn’t retaliate. That’s huge for our whole football team. Coach Stoops talks about discipline; you can’t do things like that. He has progressed, for sure.”