Winston Guy, a former Lexington Catholic standout, is one of the young players that Kentucky Coach Rich Brooks is counting on to fill the void of several departed seniors on defense. The 6-foot-1, 208-pound safety is a hard hitter with top-notch speed, as his 96-yard kickoff return touchdown against Georgia last year showed.
Q: What's been the biggest difference between the Winston Guy of 2008 and 2009?
A: It's been a long process. Coming out of high school, I blitzed a lot and didn't know a lot of coverages. But I learned from the older guys and learned the system better. Then I started taking film work more serious, coming in on my own and breaking down film. I think that made me a better player.
Q: What did the long kickoff return against Georgia do for your confidence and will you be returning kicks this year?
A: That was kind of my breakout play. It felt good to get in there and make something happen. Only thing missing is I wish I would have scored. I think (Derrick) Locke and Alfonso (Smith) will start on kickoff returns, but if I get back there, I'm going to try and make a play.
Q: How do you think this year's defense compares to last year's?
A: I think we can be even better than last year. A lot of teams underestimate us. I really think our defense can be unstoppable, to tell you the truth. We want to be like the great Miami defense in 2002. We've been practicing all summer, and we're ready to go out there and play.
Q: What are your personal goals?
A: I want to make first-team All-American. I feel like if you set your goals high, you can come close to achieving it. My expectations are high. You've got to play the best to be the best. I'm going to go out here Saturday and knock a couple heads off, get a couple of pass breakups. I'm going to go in confident. I don't want to be nervous. I'm used to the atmosphere."