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The Freshman 5: Part IV

These young guys aren't shy around a camera.

During Media Days I spoke to over a dozen members of the Class of 2014.  After asking them the same five questions, I’ve compiled the best answers from the group.  Part I: Celebrity Crushes ; Part II: Football Inspiration ;  Part III: Why Kentucky?

 Transitioning from high school to life on campus isn’t easy.  Adding football to the equation can’t make things any easier, so I wanted to know, “What has been the most difficult adjustment since arriving on campus?” 

Bunchy Stallings

“The hardest adjustment is probably having the free time.  All that free time can really hurt you because you’re not going to be focused on what you have to do.  I really have to get adjusted to being able to do all my classwork, doing football.  Football’s not a problem, but the schoolwork…”

Nico Firios

“It’s like an everyday need to improve.  You can’t come out and expect to have your job everyday if you’re not doing the little things.  In high school the competition isn’t as great, but here there’s multiple guys at each position that can compete and can play.  That’s why they recruited them because they can all play.”

Jared Tucker

“The AM workouts.  We had to get up one morning at, I want to say, five in the morning.  Waking up so early when I wasn’t used to it, that was the toughest adjustment.”

Blake Bone

“Really just the open playbook we’ve got.  We’ve got so many different reads.  A play isn’t just a play as a receiver here.  We call one play and we could change it on (how) the nickel’s reading it or how the safety’s playing it.  And if it’s in man, it could change your whole route completely.  It’s a different transition from high school, but I’m excited to learn it.  I’ve already completed the task for the most part, so I’m excited to make plays in the season.”

Denzil Ware

“Just knowing that I don’t have anybody to get me up in the morning to go to class, for workouts, everything is on my own.  I have to adapt to the system real quick.”

Kendall Randolph

“Not seeing my family everyday.  That’s really the only thing.  It’s been such a smooth transition as far as classes and practice and everything.  The hardest thing is not being able to see my little sisters everyday like I usually do.  Being away from home, I’m like 14 hours away.  I can’t just go home and visit, pop-in on the weekends.”

He added, “I’m hoping my mom brings some food when she comes.  We actually talked about it yesterday.”




Article written by Nick Roush

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

2 Comments for The Freshman 5: Part IV

  1. gordonm
    4:32 pm August 23, 2014 Permalink

    Typical freshmen concerns. I hope they can adjust well.

  2. linebeard
    6:37 pm August 23, 2014 Permalink

    Nick, will Ware play this year or are they redshirting him?