Kentucky senior tight end Ross Bogue provided one of the few highlights for Kentucky in a 41-7 loss to No. 1 Florida last week, catching a 2-yard touchdown pass from Mike Hartline in the second quarter. It was Bogue's first career touchdown catch.
Bogue is on the Southeastern Conference academic honor roll and has been heavily involved in student government. He spoke this week about football and school.
Question: The touchdown was a play-action pass in the end zone on fourth-and-goal. Did you know the play was coming your way?
Answer: I saw the signal from the sideline and I said, 'Oh, my God, they're actually going to call this play. Are you serious? I didn't know if (head coach for offense) Joker Phillips would give me the chance. When I turned around and I saw that I was wide open, I swear it felt like it took that ball five seconds to get there. For a split second, I had a vision of me dropping it and hearing 70,000 people just kick me out of the stadium. I'm just glad I caught the ball."
Q: Are you more confident now after catching your first TD?
A: That play was designed to be thrown to me. I was the only receiver in the back of the end zone. That's a big confidence booster for Joker to have faith in me, and it gave me confidence in myself to be able to come through and catch the ball in a key situation like that. It was fourth-and-2. It was a must-score situation.
Q: You hadn't played much before your senior year. How does it feel to be a bigger part of things?
A: It's been a long time coming, for sure. But I've had some amazing experiences at UK, and to be able to work as hard as I did in the off-season and be able to contribute to the offense is great.
Q: In addition to school and football, you've been very active on campus. How do you balance it all?
A: It's tough. I've learned to micromanage everything and keep my priorities in line. School and football are my main priorities right now. The jobs on the side and (student government) activities and campus involvement, which I love and have a passion for, they come third to those two things."