VAUGHT: Pulley remains positive in practice

Curtis Pulley tries not to listen or read the negative comments about his passing ability. However, the Kentucky quarterback admits it does bother him when he's viewed only as a runner and not a complete quarterback.

Curtis Pulley tries not to listen or read the negative comments about his passing ability. However, the Kentucky quarterback admits it does bother him when he's viewed only as a runner and not a complete quarterback.

"At first it bothered me a lot and really got me down when I would hear that stuff," said Pulley. "Then I got to where it just motivates me to go out and work hard. I want to prove people wrong. I have always had doubters. Now I just want to prove to them all that I can play quarterback here. I know I am not a great passer, but I am a whole lot better than last year. I am not where I need to be, but hopefully with enough practice and hard work I will get there one day and be even a better passer than I am now."

Even though Pulley has been listed as UK's No. 1 quarterback the last two weeks of spring practice, speculation continues that he might be more valuable at receiver or safety and that head coach Rich Brooks is merely trying to motivate returning starter Andre Woodson by elevating Pulley over hiim.

"I've always known I had the ability to be out here playing. But I still have to prove it every day. I want to prove I can play quarterback and lead this team. It is a motivation factor that does make me try harder," Pulley said. "I don't know if people really doubt me, or just want to see me at another position. After the season we had last year, I know people thought maybe I was needed more at receiver. But my goal is to show I can be the quarterback of the future for this team."

So he has no doubts he can be the quarterback to lead Kentucky to a bowl game next season if he wins the starting job? "Yes, I could do that. I have been thinking that since I got here. I hope this is our year to turn things around and that I am a big part of that. I believe in myself. Now I just have to make others believe in me, too," Pulley said.


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