Since there is so much debate about what is wrong with the University of Kentucky football team, why not turn to one of the Wildcats for a little different perspective.
Junior Durrell White was a highly-touted recruit. He's played well at Kentucky and made the move from linebacker to defensive end this year. He's on the field and knows what UK is doing well or not doing well.
So let's fire a few questions his way and let him offer his explanations:
1. Are you disappointed that the defense has not been better this year
going into Saturday's game against Mississippi State?
"I think the injuries have been a big part of what is going on. I am
kind of disappointed, but at the same time I am not. We are playing so
many young people. I know year after year I have heard people say that
since I have been here. But that's the facts. Older guys have moved on
or got hurt. Take (senior linebacker) Jon Sumrall. Losing him (to an
injury) was a big blow because he was a defensive leader and we really
needed him. I think we will eventually be fine on defense. So overall, I
am not disappointed," White said.
2. How hard is it to play in the defensive line when you are injured?
"It's really hard. B. Jay (Parsons), Travis (Day) and Ricky (Abren) have
all had casts on their arms. Jason (Leger) has had a bad leg. Lamar (Mills) can't even play. It's tough when you are hurting. You constantly
are using your hands, or should be, on the defensive line and you always use your feet and legs to push. It's hard if you only have one good hand or leg. I don't know how they do what they have considering the injuries. Being hurt just comes with the territory, but we've really
been beat up this year," White said.
3. Did we ever get a true look at the real Kentucky defense this year?
"Even though we were already beat up, I thought we showed some things in that Louisville game. We've slacked off since then, I will admit that.
But we got a glimpse of how this defense could be. It just seems like way too many times we've had one person mess up and then gate opens up
for a big play. But I like our younger guys. They don't take any crap. They are mentally tough and want to win. They believe in this program and by next year, that's going to show."
One-on-one with UK DL Durrell White
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