Hartline: Mom has simple philosophy

Laurie Hartline won't try to conceal how she feels about her son, Mike, going into his second season as Kentucky's starting quarterback.

Laurie Hartline won't try to conceal how she feels about her son, Mike, going into his second season as Kentucky's starting quarterback.

"I am excited for Michael. You always want your son to do well and you want the team to do well and do better than last year. I guess there is some apprehension, but you do not let yourself think about it. You want to keep improving and do the best you can do every play and game. That is our philosophy. If somebody messes up, we do not say just try better. There is no OK. You messed up. That's how we raised him to take responsibility when he does mess up," she said.

Laurie Hartline knows UK has two talented freshmen quarterbacks in Morgan Newton and Ryan Mossakowski. She knows backup Will Fidler has improved. She knows versatile Randall Cobb played well when he took snaps last year.

"That is what makes me more anxious with Michael than Brian (her oldest son who played receiver at Ohio State) because of the position. There are only a few quarterbacks on the team, but only one plays. You have six or seven receivers that play. For a quarterback, there is not a lot of room for error.

"You just put your faith in your son and hopefully raise him right to behave himself, speak well, be team player and play the best he can every play."

Sometimes she lets her pride in what her youngest son has accomplished show a little too much. "I am very proud of him and all he has done. Sometimes I go on and on and then I think boastfulness is not a good thing. I do not want to talk too much and I have to back off what I am saying. But I am very proud of him. I am proud of the person he has turned out to be," she said.


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