"It really was. It gave me a chance to get myself together mentally and in the classroom as well," George, an honor roll student in high school, said. "Now things are going pretty good. I am getting a chance to get reps with first and second teams. I still have assignment things to work on and mental stuff, but I am getting better as time progresses."
It helps knowing Kentucky will use multiple running backs in a game and that he has a chance to earn playing time.
"We are all competing and working hard just to get a spot on the field and I think everybody is looking pretty good," he said.
Kentucky also has two highly-touted backs — Raymond Sanders and Brandon Gainer — it signed in February that could compete for playing time. "Everybody is coming to compete and earn spots. That's what it is about," George said. He says losing weight — he's now at 208 pounds — has added to his speed.
"I got heavy and it slowed me down. I have my speed back now," he said. "I am getting better at the small stuff, too. I still tend to run high at times, but I am getting better as time goes on. I feel like I am running harder. I got stronger and a little faster my redshirt year. I have a chance to run through tackles and bounce off the big hits that I take. I'm doing pretty good on catching the ball, too."