Cartier Rice eager to help Cats

Redshirt freshman cornerback Cartier Rice has exceptional skills and tempted coaches to play him last year at Kentucky. However, he was redshirted and now the South Carolina native is eager to show Kentucky fans what he can do on the field.

Redshirt freshman cornerback Cartier Rice has exceptional skills and tempted coaches to play him last year at Kentucky. However, he was redshirted and now the South Carolina native is eager to show Kentucky fans what he can do on the field.

He's been impressive in spring practice and hopes to showcase his talent at the Blue-White Game April 25.

Question: How hard was it last year not to have chance to play?

Rice: "It was a huge transition going from high school to college, but I felt like I adapted well. It was just learning to adapt and learn how to play with bigger, faster players."

Question: Even though you were highly-touted coming into UK, will it turn out to be a good thing that you were redshirted?

Rice: It was definitely a positive for me. Redshirting was a good thing for me and helped me feel more comfortable. I definitely see it as a plus."

Question: Are you good enough to help this year now?

Rice: "Yes. I believe I can get in there and contribute in different ways."

Question: What do you learn last year or who did you try to watch the most?

Rice: "I watched all the upperclassmen and their leadership on and off the field. I watched how the older guys carried themselves and how they carried themselves on the field. Trevard (Lindley) is a great mentor for myself and other young players he is back there with. He helps us a lot."

Question: What kind of things can you do to help this team this year?

Rice: "I can do anything. I want to bring all the responsibility I can to the team and make all the plays. I want to do whatever they ask me to do. I am willing to do anything. I enjoy playing special teams as well and would not mind that."


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