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E.J. Price has Moved Past the Spring Social Media Outburst

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.”



Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

6 Comments for E.J. Price has Moved Past the Spring Social Media Outburst

  1. Youngcat25
    12:05 pm August 8, 2018 Permalink

    Good to have him back!

    • J. Did
      5:34 pm August 8, 2018 Permalink

      Agreed! I was selfishly and sorely disappointed when he left briefly. Really want to see this young man reach his potential – especially at KENTUCKY – and beyond. Glad that both he and the coaching staff knew what’s best for him and that they reconciled. I hope he continues to work harder and excel… we know he can. GO CATS!

  2. Wade
    12:10 pm August 8, 2018 Permalink

    We need guys like this to succeed. Took him from usc a top 100 guy. Let’s go!!!! F social media just kick a$$

  3. gmar
    4:14 pm August 8, 2018 Permalink

    I hope he keeps his head straight. Good player.

  4. michaelb
    5:54 pm August 8, 2018 Permalink

    This is what makes great men , mess up then succeed life’s full of just that … he’s gonna make a difference on the field

  5. foamfinger
    2:24 pm August 9, 2018 Permalink

    I love Last Chance U and it’s heartbreaking to see the background of some college athletes. There is so much pressure on them to either succeed for their family or just stay off the streets. Even though I don’t necessarily like how the coaches in the show approach trying to motivate them through tons of obscenities and tirades, they are doing their best with what little they have.

    I’m glad to know that Freddie is on staff and available to help out the players in a supportive manner.