Some of the highlights from ESPN’s conversation with our most explosive receiver-quarterback-wildcat-return guy:
On the steps the program has taken:
A lot of people probably thought you guys were in trouble at Auburn with your quarterback, Mike Hartline, going down and cornerback Trevard Lindley being out for the second straight game. But this isn’t the same old Kentucky, is it?
RC: It’s definitely not the same old Kentucky. This program has been on the rise for the past few years, and it’s something we want to continue. One of the things we want to build here is depth and being able to go to a quality backup when someone’s out or something happens and know they’re going to be able to take care of their job.
On where Kentucky goes from here:
You’ve won three straight bowl games. What’s the next step for this program?
RC: We want to be one of those teams that people can’t just look at and say, ‘Oh, we can mark them down as a win.’ We want to be one of those teams where they stress about having to play us and look at Kentucky as a big game. We’ve been to bowls and won bowls. The next step is getting to a BCS bowl.
On his role with the team:
So what are you — a receiver, quarterback, slash guy? When somebody asks you what position you play, what do you tell them?
RC: I tell them that I’m a football player. I do whatever the coaches ask me. I just love the game so much that it doesn’t matter where I’m at. If you want to put me at quarterback, that’s fine. I’ll play receiver, return kicks, play on special teams. It doesn’t matter to me as long as I’m on the field helping this team out somehow. That’s all I’m worried about.
On his ‘football speed’:
Some of the coaches in this league describe you as being one of those guys who probably wouldn’t run a blazing time in the 40-yard dash, but when you put on pads, that your football speed is as good as anybody’s. Would you agree with that?
RC: I know I’m not the fastest guy or the strongest guy. But on the football field, I play with so much heart that I don’t want to be tackled and don’t want to be brought down. I’m going to do whatever I can to make sure that doesn’t happen. If that means running away from guys, then I’m going to do the best I can to run away from them.
On his coach:
What about Brooks do you admire the most?
RC: That he’s a great man. He’s a great coach, too, but the things he does for his players and the way he treats his players are why guys want to play for him. You look at what he’s done in his career and how hard he’s worked to turn this program around, and it’s something we all take pride in.