"It's weird. I was the one trying to follow the footsteps of Jared and Shane. Now he's kind of following me," UK's sophomore quarterback said. "I guess that's just the way it is in a Division I program.
"I was an immature athlete when I got here. I didn't take things seriously.
Now I understand this is my team and I have to lead. Players are depending on
m. I have to set the right example. I have to be in the film room. I have to
help Curtis Pulley. I think I am doing a pretty good job because Curtis does
ask my advice. He's definitely more mature than I was as a freshman, too."
Woodson says he has no great words of wisdom for Pulley. "Basically I just
tell him he can't get frustrated right now," Woodson said. "He's a great
runner. I can tell you that. He has tremendous speed and acceleration. He
needs to work on his form and how he throws the football. He needs a better
delivery. But he's working hard and doing well. In a couple of years, he will
be pretty good."
Kentucky hopes it has a "couple of years" before it has to depend on Pulley.
But an injury to Woodson or an ineffective offense could result in Pulley
playing much sooner than that.
"Curtis is really talented, but we will see when he plays," quarterback coach
Kurt Roper said. "If the situation arises, he has to compete and try to win.
If he goes in the game, we are not playing give up. We will still be trying to
win. It's his challenge right now to get himself prepared to win a game. In
the reality of our situation, he has no choice but to be ready."
Roper likes having quarterbacks who will push each other to improve as Woodson
and Pulley have been doing since preseason camp started.
"The most impressive thing about Curtis is how he has worked at getting better
every day," Roper said. "He's very coachable. He's a great listener. He tries
to work at getting better and it is important to him. If you have a guy that
getting better is important to, then you have a chance to be successful."
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