"I hope everybody sees me like that. I enjoy interviews and doing things. When I first got here for that early session of summer school, I was out in the community a lot showing my face so people would maybe let me go out later and not smother me because they would be used to seeing me," Orton laughed and said. He's also about championships, another thing UK fans enjoy.
"I won (state championships) my first three years in high school. I had never really lost and knew how it felt until this year. That's one experience I don't want to feel again," Orton, an accounting major, said. "We have the pieces to win a national championship here. John Wall is a huge piece of the puzzle. He and Patrick (Patterson) are both are two big pieces. Anybody can see that. DeMarcus (Cousins) coming in just solidified it all.
And Eric Bledsoe is a great point guard. We had a phenomenal recruiting class to go with some great returning players." Orton is not worried about his role. He'll be content to do what Calipari feels will help the team the most. "I'll just sit back and see how everything goes and what the coaches need me to do," Orton said.
What Kentucky probably will need him to do is bang inside and provide another physical presence to go with Patterson and Cousins. "We can bang, but really and truly DeMarcus has a great finesse game and he likes to show it off a little bit. I don't know if he will knock people around, but I will do what I can," Orton smiled and said.
What Orton won't do is gloat or celebrate a big play. Don't expect to see any chest-thumping from him.