Huzzie motivated by Cats

Qua Huzzie felt good about his decision to commit to Kentucky when he did so early during the football season. The more the LaGrange, Ga., standout watched the Cats play, the better he felt, too.

Qua Huzzie felt good about his decision to commit to Kentucky when he did so early during the football season. The more the LaGrange, Ga., standout watched the Cats play, the better he felt, too.

"I am so anxious to get up there now. I was hyped up every week I watched them play. That has really motivated me to keep on working as the time comes for me to get to Kentucky," said Huzzie, who will sign with the Cats Wednesday along with teammate Tristian Johnson.

Huzzie's team didn't win a state championship -- the measuring stick for a successful year at LaGrange -- because of a semifinal loss. However, he had a great senior year with over 130 tackles and surpassed Wesley Woodyard as the school's all-time leading tackler.

"Wesley talked to me a few weeks ago and gave me a lot of encouragement at the school that will help me," Huzzie said. "He was giving me tips and telling me not to give up. He said a lot of players give up on their workouts at this time and fall off and do not stay on the right tack. He told me to keep doing what I was doing and to keep my grades up."

The 5-11, 210-pound Huzzie anticipates starting his UK career as an outside linebacker and then possibly moving inside if he gets bigger based on what UK offensive coordinator Joker Phillips has told him.

He's also talked with Braxton Kelley, another former LaGrange standout who was a four-year starter at Kentucky, about linebacker coach Chuck Smith.

"Braxton told me a lot about coach Smith. He is pretty cool, a down to earth character. He stays on top of you, but Braxton says he will love you and he is cool to be around. Braxton said nothing but the right stuff about him and said he will not let me down. He will push me and make me better."

Huzzie also plays basketball and will again be on the track team. He is a 4x100 relay member and threw the shot put 47 feet last year.

"It's tough to medal (at the state track meet) down here, but I like the competition," Huzzie said. "Basketball is going well right now."


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