VAUGHT: Q&A with Austin Sheenan

Sheehan: "He had four touchdowns total, so that is pretty average. Seriously, I think that was a good game for him. I?think he did both passing and running, but he can be better."

Question: How nice was it to start your senior season with a 35-14 win at Boyle County? Sheehan: "That was a big one. We executed well on both sides of the ball and it was an exciting game and great win for us."

Question: Was that a typical performance for quarterback Patrick Towles? Sheehan: "He had four touchdowns total, so that is pretty average. Seriously, I think that was a good game for him. I?think he did both passing and running, but he can be better."

Question: How good is he? Sheehan: "He is phenomenal. I?am not going to lie. He reads defenses very well. He has improved since last year so much, and he will improve even more this year and just keep getting better." Question: How do you feel you played against Boyle County? Sheehan: "I thought I?played pretty well. I?had a couple of drops and a fumble that were not very good, but I?had some pretty good catches at the end and then started cramping up and had to come out."

Question: Do you feel any pressure being on such a good team with a superb quarterback and being a Kentucky commit yourself? Sheehan: "There is definitely pressure every game. I was nervous walking in.?You see everybody filling up the stadium. There is going to be pressure every game because you want to do well, but I?kind of like the butterflies to be honest."

Question: Does being a UK?commit put more of a target on your back even in a game like this? Sheehan: "Definitely. The one pass I truly dropped — and I kind of like this — the defensive guy said, ‘There you go Mr. Kentucky.' Or it was something like that. I okay with that. I liked that. It's fun." Question: Why did you decide so early to commit as a walk-on to Kentucky? Sheehan: "I love Kentucky. I?have been a fan since day one of my life. I go to all their games. Their coaches are awesome.?I went to a camp after my sophomore year in high school. The whole time I thought it was totally awesome and that I would love to go here. I?asked (receivers) coach (Tee) Martin what I?would have to do to be a Wildcat and he said, ‘I will give you a walk-on spot.' I was just pleased with that and went ahead and did that.

"I didn't need to hear any more. That's what I want to do. They said you can earn a scholarship, so that's my goal now. Now if I?don't earn one, that's fine. But I would like to earn a scholarship."

Question: Did Towles' decision have any impact on your decision? Sheehan: "It definitely did a little bit. Actually, it helped it a lot. We have been best friends and hang out all the time. We have been playing together since sixth grade. We are good friends. I actually called my mom and my dad (when I decided to walk on at Kentucky) first and I called him third and he was so excited. He was with his family and they said he was jumping up and down. He even started crying a little bit. He was that excited."


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