Peters anxious for defense to prove itself

Every week it seems as though Kentucky's defensive front is gaining more national attention and respect. Ends Jeremy Jarmon and Ventrell Jenkins along with tackles Corey Peters and Myron Pryor are anchoring a defense that is 12th nationally in total defense at 259 yards per game and is allowing 115 rushing yards per game.

More and more coaches now refer to the Wildcats as having a "SEC-type defense" and talk about the front's speed and athleticism.

"We don't really pay too much attention to all of that," said Peters. "We are anxious to prove ourselves. We did not really have a fair opportunity to show that with a lot of teams doing a lot of cutting (on their blocks) and stuff like that before SEC play. We have played well, but it will be great to see how we can do the rest of the year and win some more of these conference games. That's how you make your name."

Peters says games like the one Saturday against South Carolina are easy to prepare for.

"You have to realize these games are more important. You don't really change your mentality, but you do come into the game knowing it is going to be physical and will be tough," the junior said. "We definitely keep an eye on how other SEC teams play. We watch games on TV. It is important to see what everybody else is doing. It's not a stretch to say we have looked at a lot of teams we are going to play."

That viewership emphasized once again to Peters how difficult it is to win any Southeastern Conference game.

"Week in, week out everybody is talented from Florida to Vanderbilt to Ole Miss. Everybody has talent enough to beat you. You have to come with your ‘A' game every week or you are not going to win," Peters said.

"That is the way it is every year. I promise you the coaches won't have to get us going to play any team in the SEC. Anything can happen each week. We have seen that last year when we got beat by Mississippi State when we weren't ready to play. Vanderbilt is 5-0 this year and I guarantee you nobody predicted that at this point in the season. That's just life in the SEC."

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