Westry had a game-clinching interception, the first of his UK career, late in the fourth quarter against the Gamecocks. It helped the Wildcats seal their first win in Columbia since 1999 and their first road win under third-year head coach Mark Stoops.
The Orange Park, Fla., native aslo had his first career sack in the second quarter, a pass break-up in the end zone to force a third-quarter field goal and a quarterback hurry to thwart another South Carolina drive in the second half.
After the game, Stoops said he thought Westry had struggled at times against the Gamecocks, but on Monday the UK boss felt much better about the 6-foot-4 corner's performance after reviewing film of the win.
"He did play a good game, he really, really did," Stoops said during his weekly press luncheon. "He made a few mistakes, and as coaches we have a tendency to let a few mistakes stick out in our minds more so than the good plays, but he's really doing some good things and handled himself against a really quality wide receiver and grew up a lot."
Westry was a modest 3-star prospect coming out of high school, but quickly earned a starting role with the Cats during fall camp due to his outstanding length and athleticism.
It is the first league honor of the season for the Wildcats (2-0) who return home to face the Florida Gators on Saturday night at Commonwealth Stadium.