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Q+AWinston Guy is proud of progress, but still dedicated to development

Lexington Catholic product Winston Guy has been touted by the Kentucky staff as one of the most talented players to sign during the Rich Brooks era. Guy came into his sophomore season with high hopes and currently is fifth on the team with 51 tackles with five pass breakups.

Question: You had some lofty expectations for yourself before the season. Are you pleased with how you've played so far this year?

Answer: I've been pleased. I'm young. I'm a sophomore, and I've got two more seasons to keep learning about the safety position. With my ability, I feel like I've got a chance to go to the next level. Just like any other young guy, it takes time to adapt to everything. I played corner in high school and really didn't know a lot of coverages. Everything will come into place once I learn everything I need to learn.

Q: What's the biggest thing you need to improve on?

A: I want to get more interceptions. I don't have any this year. Most guys get their interceptions off of tipped balls and reading the quarterback. It takes time. I had one slip through my hands at Vandy. When I get those opportunities to get interceptions, I've got to get them. That's one of the things I really want to work on for next year.

Q: What's been your biggest improvement since your freshman year?

A: I think the biggest difference for me from last year is just getting the playbook down. We're always putting in new stuff, and I think the older guys have learned to trust me back there. I'm the last guy who has to make that tackle.

Q: Last week you lost your footing on what could have been a big kickoff return at Vandy, and a similar thing happened to you last year on a long return against Georgia. What's up with that?

A: I tripped, and I was tired. And I hurt my ankle on that play, too. I blew another opportunity to run one back just like the Georgia game. I'd rather watch Derrick Locke and those guys run them back. I'm not quite as fast as I used to be. I'm still fast, but I've gotten bigger, too. Let those guys get the glory on those kickoffs, and I'll focus on safety. I'll do kickoffs if they want me to, but it's not really my cup of tea.

Chip Cosby

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