Junior cornerback Anthony Mosley quietly made two of the biggest plays in Kentucky's 23-16 win over Louisville last week. First, he recovered what could have been a momentum-changing fumbled punt by Randall Cobb early in the game. Then he ran down Victor Anderson after a 67-yard kickoff return. Mosley is starting to feel more comfortable after switching from wide receiver to cornerback in 2008, and he has emerged as UK's nickel back.
Question: What went through your mind when you saw Cobb fumble the punt?
Answer: "At the beginning of the play, I was just focusing on trying to get a good block because Randall's explosive back there. It was just one of those mistakes, the sun was in his eyes, and when I saw the ball, it was just second nature to go down and get it. I think it's one of the things where you practice, practice, practice, and you see things like that and it's a lot more lax here (at practice) but when it happens in the game, it becomes a bigger deal."
Q: How were you able to make the play on the kickoff return?
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A: "On the kickoff return, I'm supposed to run around and make the tackle. They blocked me, so I was like, OK, I had some adrenaline going. He's not going to score a touchdown. I just ran as fast as I could, and I actually had to slow down a little bit because I didn't want to overrun him. Once I got to him, E.J. Fields came in and gave a good hit to help me get him out of bounds."
Q: Victor Anderson is viewed as one of Louisville's top play-makers and one of the best backs in the Big East, yet you ran him down pretty easily. What's your 40 time?
A: "It depends on the day. I ran a 4.33 in the spring."
Q: Do you feel like you're finally coming into your own after moving from receiver to cornerback?
A: "I really do. During the game there was a little anxiety, but once I stepped out there, it was just time to show what I could do. I wasn't really nervous. It's really coming together, and I think I'm doing pretty good. I only played football for a year in high school, so I didn't go through a bunch of position changes. Basically everything I learned about football I learned here. I learned a little my senior year. But I watched Trevard (Lindley), and David Jones helped me out a lot."