Pulley says he has learned from mistakes

Quarterback Curtis Pulley has always been elusive on the field for opposing tacklers. He's also been elusive for media members this season while he's been redshirted for academic reasons and running the scout team offense.

However, Pulley not only talked during UK's bowl practice, but he also admitted he's learned from his academic mistakes that made him drop out of school for a semester and have to redshirt this season.

"The season has gone pretty good. It has been just a chance to catch up on my school work and get more familiar with playbook and get bigger in the weight room. All in all, it has been a good semester," said Pulley.

He's even found a reason to think it will be the best thing for his career.

"It has been good for me in the long run. It has given me a chance to focus on what is important in life every day," Pulley, who has two years of eligibility remaining, said. "I learned a lot of lessons. You can't take anything for granted. You always have to be focused and prepared. It really has helped me a lot on growing up. All in all, it was bad that I had to sit out, but it was probably best for me in the long run."

Kentucky coach Rich Brooks likes what Pulley has done. He won the team award as the most valuable scout team player. More importantly, he took care of his academic work.

Brooks isn't ready to say all the lights have gone on for Pulley yet, but he's more optimistic.

"I know he will be here for the next semester, so there can be more time for more lights to go on," Brooks said. "You are always concerned. As I have said many times about our football team and the season, it is not a sprint. It is a marathon. You can do things in a short window and make it look like you are doing the right thing, but I would like to have that time frame over a longer period to make sure the lights have truly gone on."

Pulley says not to worry about his future. "It will be a much better Curtis Pulley you will see in the spring. I am ready to just get out here and prove to everybody that I can lead this team. It is going to be a pretty exciting spring," Pulley said.

He says not only has his all-around game improved, but so has his personality as shown by the way he was at ease during an interview — something that would not have been true earlier this season.

"I am a lot better communicating with the players now and the coaches, too. It will help me a lot just being able to talk to the guys now," Pulley said. "I am ready just to play next year and get all this out of the way. I am just waiting until next month when we start winter workouts to really get excited. But I know what I can do and I want to show everyone else what I can do."

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