VAUGHT: Defensive mentality helps Leger

Jason Leger thought he could prove he was big enough to play at Kentucky even though he was smaller than most linemen. However, he always thought it would be on defense, not in the offensive line.

Yet there is Leger, who started his UK career in the defensive line, now starting at offensive guard for the Wildcats.

"Usually size is a big requirement to be an offensive lineman. But obviously it is not the most important thing," Leger said.

Leger gets by with toughness more than anything. His attitude is not quite like that of most offensive linemen.

"You get downfield and you get a free shot on somebody, then you get a little defensive mentality coming back at you. You get a free shot, you have to take it," Leger said. "I try to make my offensive game as physical as I can be. If I am downfield, I am trying to cut somebody. It all works out well."

So is Leger meaner than the average offensive lineman?

"I am not going to say that. I try to go out and get my job done," Leger said.

But can he deny being meaner than most linemen?

"No, I can't do that," Leger smiled and said. "When you come out of Rockcastle County, you should be tough. That's the way we are coached." What is the hardest thing about playing offense? "The biggest thing is on pass blocking when you have to be patient. You have to wait for stuff to come to you and let it happen. On defense, you have to be attacking people and making stuff happen. It is kind of the opposite on offense and that has not been easy to get used to," Leger said.

Leger quickly credits his teammates for making his job easier and allowing him to excell like he did when he was named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week earlier this year.

"When you have Andre (Woodson) and good running backs from first to fourth string and we have good receivers everywhere, it takes a little of pressure off us. There are so many other things we can do. Any time you have good players around you, it helps each individual. Without those guys, no one would really notice if I even did my job," Leger said.

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