Mark Crawford feature: Part 2 of 4

I am adjusting real well. It is a new experience with coach Petri teaching me how to play better and teaching me stuff I never knew in junior high or high school.

Question: How are you adjusting to life here in Lexington?

Crawford: "I am adjusting real well. It is a new experience with coach Petri teaching me how to play better and teaching me stuff I never knew in junior high or high school. Learning how to defeat the blocks against SEC lineman is a big adjustment. I actually am enjoying practicing and going through the little things so I can learn and become the dominant player that I know I can be here at Kentucky."

Question: The Kentucky coaches have had high hopes for you. Does that put any extra pressure on you?

Crawford: "I love that. That is what makes me wake up in the morning and want to come here and do this. They have high hopes and I don't want to let nobody down. I want to come here, stay after practice and work as hard as I can. I want to do it for myself, too, so I can get better and help me and the team by learning and picking up the techniques. The faster I pick it all up, the better it is for me and the team."

Question: Who has helped you the most here?

Crawford: "There are a lot of them who have helped me. Shane McCord is my mentor on my visit here, so I kept in contact with him. He helps me out a lot. Corey Peters, Collins Ukwu have helped me with my stance and where I put my hands. It's not so much my motor, as I just have to get to play defensive line like coach Petri wants me to play it. Once I get that down, I think I will be great."


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