Question: How do you feel your guys have played to this point in the season?
Petri: "I am very proud of how they are playing. They have worked very hard and they are starting to see some of the rewards. That's always gratifying when you see that work showing in games."
Petri: "I probably am a hard guy to please. That is probably accurate. I just want them to be as good as they can be, so I am always pushing them to extend their limits. If you say that is hard to please, then I guess I am."
Question: Are your players this year more like the kind of athletes Kentucky has to face each week during Southeastern Conference play? Petri: "I hope we are closing the gap. I have heard since I have been here that there is a gap at that position. I think we are playing good football. I think we are learning more about football. We are young and still growing. We still have a mix of youth. We have guys that are sophomores who have played quite a bit of football, but they are still learning the game and they are stepping up their play and understanding the importance of studying film. They are seeing the rewards of that in games. They are understanding what is going on. They have an idea of what the opponent is trying to do. That is gratifying for them to see that you get rewards for your hard work."
Question: So have these players met your expectations for this season?
Petri: "I am happy with the way they are playing, but I always want them to play better. I think any player should say that he knows he can get better. I am always going to push them to get better. They come to work and most of the time they focus to get better. If they work hard in practice, you can't ask for more than that."