Kentucky senior defensive tackle Shane McCord, a native of Hartwell, Ga., will get another chance to face his home-state team on Saturday. McCord had the biggest moment of his Wildcats career at Georgia last season when he intercepted a pass in the fourth quarter and returned it 15 yards to the Bulldogs' 8-yard line, setting up the game-winning touchdown.
McCord has five tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss and a quarterback hurry through seven games this season.
Q: Do you get more fired up playing against Georgia?
A: Everybody gets amped up when they're playing the hometown team. I'm 30 miles from Athens, so Georgia's right in my backyard, and everybody was pushing me to go to Georgia. So it feels good to have had chances to play them, especially when we come out on top.
Q: Were you offered a scholarship by Georgia?
A: They recruited me heavily, but they didn't offer. They kind of fell off at the end.
Q: Were you disappointed you didn't get an offer from Georgia?
A: I wasn't really all that upset that they didn't offer me, because I wanted to get away from Georgia. It always motivated me to go back home and brag, "Yeah, we beat Georgia." They think the Bulldogs are supposed to win the national championship every year down there. It's good to go down there with bragging rights.
Q: How did it feel to have such a big game last year in Athens?
A: I don't really know how I made those plays. I guess I was just in the right place at the right time. My roommate, Ricky Lumpkin, got pressure and helped me get the interception. It felt really good making those plays in that game.
Q: How do you feel the defensive line has performed this year?
A: Every week we get better. This will be another opportunity for us to go out and make progress. We want to get to the point to where we can dominate up front.
Q: Earlier this season, Coach Phillips said he was starting Luke McDermott partially to light a fire under you. Did you get the message?
A: I got the message. It pushed me to work harder. Nothing is given in life, you have to work for it. It definitely made me work harder.