LSU loss haunts Alfonso Smith

Anytime Alfonso Smith gets a little too complacent about Kentucky's success, he has one cure — think back to the embarrassing 49-0 loss to LSU in 2006.

Anytime Alfonso Smith gets a little too complacent about Kentucky's success, he has one cure — think back to the embarrassing 49-0 loss to LSU in 2006.

"It was like somebody went in your house and beat you and robbed you (when we lost at LSU). It was that serious. We take football seriously. When you lose like that, it is real hard to swallow," said the senior running back.

"The score didn't even really tell how bad it was. It was more how they dominated on the field. You could see it in the coaches' eyes. You could see it in the players' eyes. We just got outcoached, outplayed all the way around. It just made you feel like, ‘Why. Why are we losing. Why are we here after that all that practice. Why?' You don't like to feel like that as a player. It hurts your pride, even as a man. That changed a lot of mindset right there and I never want that to happen again."

He had some flashbacks last year when Florida thrashed the visiting Wildcats after horrendous breakdowns early in the kicking game. That's why even though it is only spring practice, he's already reminding teammates that he doesn't want to ever have that LSU feeling again.

"I am going to bring up every loss. I will bring up the wins, too. I will bring up the wins that could have been losses if we had not made a play or games we could have won if we had made a play, including me. I see a lot I could have done better, and I am going to expect my teammates to do the same," Smith said.

"Our goal this season is to have everybody working together and being on the same page. That would eliminate a lot of slow starts and help us have the season we want again."


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