VAUGHT: Neloms will keep getting better

Three years ago Martavius Neloms was getting ready to play his first high school football game. Today he's preparing to play against Florida, the nation's No. 1 college team, Saturday.

It has been a remarkable arrival for Neloms, a freshman cornerback who played basketball and ran track until finally trying football his junior year of high school.

"Things are going great so far. I didn't really expect to do so well this early, but I worked hard in summer camp to prove myself and get a shot at playing," he said.

He did enough that he was on the field for the final play against Louisville and helped knock down Louisville quarterback Justin Burke's potential game-winning pass.

"I used to watch a lot of that on TV in high school and always thought it was kind of cool for guys to be out there doing that on a game's last play. I didn't want to get beat or tip a pass and let somebody catch it. I was thinking, ‘Just knock it down,'" Neloms said.

He's not intimidated by the stretch of SEC games UK has coming starting with the Gators.

"I want to play those SEC teams that are the best and see how good they are. I think I can do fine if I stay focused," he said.

"I know I still have a lot to learn. My best football should still be ahead of me because the more I play and learn, the better I will be. I just wish now I had been playing all my life."
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