VAUGHT: Can Cats maintain confidence?

Can Kentucky maintain its confidence as it goes on the road to play South Carolina and Auburn now after losing at home to national powers Florida and Alabama?

Defensive coordinator Steve Brown says the Cats will still believe they can win at South Carolina Saturday. "You correct what you did wrong. You talk about it and discuss it and then worry about getting better. Our kids came out and played better initially today (against Alabama) and that showed a lot of character on their behalf. South Carolina has its own challenges, but we have to learn from this and get better before we can go forward, and we will," Brown said.

Sophomore linebacker Danny Trevathan is either too young to know better or truly believes the losses to Florida and Alabama won't derail UK's season.

"I feel like our defense is good when we play well. We can make plays. We have not reached our full potential, but we are getting there," Trevathan said. "Every game is a must win game for us. That is how we see it. Our defense wants to execute and win every game. We want to shock the world and win, and that includes South Carolina."

"I don't feel like we have lost confidence. I just feel like we have things to work on. We are still better than we showed. Our defense played pretty well against Alabama and made some big plays, but in the SEC you are also going to give up some big plays. You have to bounce back and make a big play yourself. Those turnovers and mental errors kill you in the SEC. If you give a SEC team a crease of room, they take advantage. We have to learn how to avoid that."

So what will it take to win at South Carolina?

"I think it will take us going into practice hard, playing full speed every play and doing extra stuff on film and study. We have to eliminate mistakes. I feel like our defense can take a lot of confidence from this game, but we also know areas we have to work on and that will better us for South Carolina," Trevathan said.

Brown agreed.

"You want your guys to learn and get better every week. I am proud of how hard they competed. They weathered the storm a few times in the first half and that says a lot about the character. I am happy in that respect, but we have a lot of work to do to get to where I know we can be. But this group won't hang its head or lose confidence. They know we can still have a very good year," Brown said.

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