SEC Media Days: Day Two Highlights, Part 2

HOOVER, Ala. - Kentucky football players Stuart Hines, Morgan Newton, and Danny Trevathan visited with media Thursday morning. Here are some highlights from their appearance.

Kentucky's offensive line should be a strength for this season, with offensive guard Stuart Hines playing a big part. Hines talked about the expectations for his unit, "It's a great group of guys. We've really come together as a unit and started working hard this offseason," Hines said. "We're really looked at as the strong point of the team this year, and we're trying to live up to those expectations. We want to be the group on the team that everybody relies on."

Last year Kentucky ended the season with a loss a the BBVA Compass Bowl, including a disappointing effort from the defense. Preseason first team All-SEC linebacker Danny Trevathan wasn't concerned about the lasting impacts of that, however. "We're going to try and capitalize off of the mistakes from last year's bowl game. We made a lot of mistakes. The defense didn't really know what was going on because they were trying to learn a new defense and play our defense," he said. "It kind of hit us in the head."

He continued, "I'm not really worried about the defense. We are stillgoing to make mistakes but we are going to try and capitalize off of them, turn it around, and have a great season this year."

The third Kentucky football player to visit was junior quarterback Morgan Newton. Newton was thrust into action as a freshman after a season-ending injury to Mike Hartline, and then started the BBVA Compass Bowl game after a suspension to the senior starter ended his career. Newton comes into the season this year knowing he's the guy. "It feels great," Newton explained. "It feels great coming into this year knowing that I'm the guy, but I also have to prepare that way. I'm really excited to take on the challenge."

Newton agreed with Trevathan about last year's bowl game experience. "We try to take motivation from any game," Newton said. "We didn't play as well as we wanted to play. The outcome wasn't great, but we tried to take some things from that game and make sure we are ready to play this fall."

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