VAUGHT: Jones says he is staying

He did not earn a starting spot during spring practice and knows he's been rumored ready to leave Kentucky for a variety of reasons. But freshman offensive lineman Micah Jones says he's not going anywhere except to summer school and the weight room.

"There's no doubt I'll be back," Jones said.

No transfer or academic problems?

"No, I will be back. I am here in Kentucky forever. I am a Kentucky boy. I am not going anywhere," Jones said.

He does admit riding the emotional roller coaster during his first year with the Wildcats. He was highly recruited out of Mayfield High School in western Kentucky and seriously thought about going to Tennessee, where he knew he would have been redshirted. Instead, he came to Kentucky and played last season even though he knows he might not have been physically ready.

"In a way, I feel like maybe I should have redshirted," Jones said. "But playing gave me experience and I won't ever ask for that year back. I'm glad now I got to play. We went 2-9, but it was just a bump in the road. The way I look at it now is that we are ready to turn things around."

Jones will stay in Lexington this summer and share a house with freshmen teammates Ted Bullock, Joe Joe Brown and Dicky Lyons.

"I'm going to take an English course and just lift weights," Jones said. "Most people just don't know how hard it is to play football and go to school here. People like that should just step back and check it out. They don't understand all the stuff we go through. I didn't before I got here and, to tell the truth, I still don't sometimes.

"College is hard. It's another level academically and athletically. You have to get your grades and play ball and worry about so much stuff. It's hard on a kid. We are grown men to everyone else, but we are still just 18, 19 or 20. We don't know everything. We make mistakes. We still need help. We are just our here playing and doing the best we can because we love the game."

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