"It is burning me up inside. I am actually getting a little impatient. It is getting to me so much at times that I can't wait to show that I can play and that I am not a bad person," Wilson said. "But I have to be patient and wait my turn.
"When the spring comes, I will show people what happened and was said about me, that was not me. I am going to show I am a good person with good character and I am here to get my education. I will never represent the University of Kentucky in that form or fashion again. I made a mistake and learned from it. I want to show I am a good person."
His roommate, freshman running back Donald Russell, already knows Wilson is a "good person" to be around.
"We joke every night. Sometimes we joke too much and we oversleep. I never worry about him. He is a great person. I knew he would bounce back. I am there to talk to him if he needs it, but Ridge has been fine. He knows he can't let something like that happen again, and I don't think he ever will," Russell said.
Smith sees no reason for this year's problem to be a permanent setback, either. "Ridge shows flashes of showing a lot of potential and then sometimes he gets lost like a typical freshman," the UK assistant coach said. "Sometimes he looks really, really good and then other times it is like he doesn't know what in the world he is doing. He has to become more consistent with assignments and with the technique. He has to work harder at being a good technician. He still has to do that, but there's no reason to think he won't."