VAUGHT: McCord proud of LaGrange pipeline

Receiver Quentin McCord is proud that he started the pipeline from LaGrange, Ga., to the University of Kentucky that has brought players like Wesley Woodyard, Braxton Kelley and Demoreo Ford to the Wildcats.

"I love it. It seems like something I started because I was the first guy to come up here and now a lot have done that," said the former UK player who was a seventh-round draft pick of the Atlanta Falcons. "It is a testament to what coach (Steve) Pardue is doing there to get those guys ready for the next level.

"I think it will continue and we can even get more. The better UK does, the more guys from LaGrange will want to come. The more we can get here, the better and bigger fan I become of Kentucky football."

Of course, he's been busting with pride the last three years when UK had winning seasons and won bowl games.

"I am proud of program. It has been going up since I left. My senior year we were 2-9. We had the talent, we just didn't put it all together at one time," McCord said. "Now guys are playing together and playing good team ball, especially on defense. The defense is so exciting. When I was here, it was all about the offense with coach (Hal) Mumme. But I know defense wins championships.

"If the defense steps up and keeps getting better, hopefully we will bring a national championship here to Kentucky. That is what I want. I don't want to settle for just regular bowl games, the mediocre bowl games. I think we should get primed for a national championship game. I think a lot of former players are talking that way now. We are all excited over what these guys are doing. It really makes us proud, but it also makes us wish we could have done that, too."
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