Landon Foster had a bad scrimmage before the start of this season.
A year ago, that would have haunted the Kentucky punter for days, for weeks.
He's a perfectionist.
Bad scrimmages, bad punts, they stick with him. "It would be like all hell's breaking loose, the world's coming to an end."
But this spring, Foster's world got a little bit bigger.
Foster was one of three UK football players to make a service trip to Ethiopia.
Ask him about the experience he shared with defensive end Alvin "Bud" Dupree and Braylon Heard and even in 86-degree heat, Foster gets chills. The hairs on his arm stand at attention.
"It changed me," he said.
The junior from Franklin, Tenn., who grew up in a tight family, felt guilty when he returned from the trip in May.
"I got back here, looked around and questioned why we have everything," Foster said during fall camp. "I'm about to go eat lunch where you can just load up three plates and have as much as you want."
He met a friend there, a 16-year-old street boy named Dejene, whom Foster described as looking 12 or maybe 13 from being so malnourished.
Dejene spends hours a day at the area dump where he "looks for food to eat and things to wear and sell," Foster described.
Dejene never met his mother. His stepmother refused to feed him and beat him regularly, which is how he ended up on the street. He moved to the streets.
"It's sad going from house to house, street to house and not knowing literally where your next meal is coming from," Foster said. "Counting on the dump for your next meal. I think about it every day."
It haunts Foster, who keeps a scarf he got in Ethiopia hanging on a hook in his locker.
"He's so smart," Foster said of Dejene. "He's unbelievable. Such a bright kid, said he wants to be a cardiologist."
Foster now pays out of his own pocket to sponsor Dejene, whom he stays in contact with as well as three translators who helped the Kentucky football players on their journey.
Foster sends money every month to help pay for his friend's food, clothing, shelter and schooling.
Heard, who had never left the United States before the journey to Ethiopia, said he can't not think about the people there.
"I saw some stuff over there," the junior running back said quietly. "You've got to be very grateful for what you have over here. It's crazy. It makes you at a complete loss for words. I think about it all the time. It's life-changing."
And it's brought Heard, Foster and Dupree — all guys from different parts of the country and different backgrounds — closer together.
"We knew each other before, but being around each other in that environment every single day, you learn a lot more about a person," Heard explained. "I feel like when we see each other now, it's like we know each other differently."
So while the three players are enjoying the success that's come with being 2-1 this season and being just a play or two away from 3-0, they still think about that trip in May.
It offers perspective in a football fishbowl.
"It changed me; it changed Bud; it changed Braylon," Foster said. "It really helps you understand what the meaning of life is. You come out here and play football and it's awesome. We're blessed, but at the end of the day, it's not life or death."
Foster now tries to learn from the bad scrimmages, the bad kicks (even though there have been few of them so far this season).
He doesn't beat himself up over them.
It's helped him have a great start to the season, including 12 punts for 509 yards, an average of 42.4 yards a kick, including pinning opponents inside their own 20-yard line eight times.
"I just thought he was exceptional," Kentucky Coach Mark Stoops said of his punter, who kept it away from Florida's dangerous returners.
In the first half against the Gators, Foster punted six times, pinning them inside the 20-yard line five times.
"He's been extremely clean," Stoops said of Foster. "We never talk about it because the operation's been perfect and he's been hitting great punts and had great hang time."