As we watch the Arkansas
Razorbacks carve out it's niche in the upper echelon of the SEC, Winston Guy
could've been wearing the crimson and white rather than the blue and white. He was first committed to the Razorbacks coming out of Lexington Catholic. Joker came into the picture and turned him into a Wildcat.
He may now be yearning to be competing in the Western Division of the SEC but like many Lexingtonians he had a strong desire to play in front of his hometown folks and family.
The good fortune he received was the bringing of Rick Minter on the coaching staff as co-defensive coordinator. Minter saw something in Guy and UK's fortunes that has ultimately positioned him to make a strong run at the Pro's. Guy was a strong safety whose football instincts were better suited for a hybrid position. This called for him to play in the box as a cross between linebacker and strong safety.
Guy was asked what position he would play at the next level? "I really don't know," with some doubt he said. "That's a decision as what people look at me as. As for as what I've been told, I'm going to be a safety going into the draft. I've lost so much weight. My weight is down to around 208-210 (pounds) and that's kind of perfect going into training for the combine and to transition my body into what I need to be."
What did it mean coach Minter coming in and allowing you to freelance in the defense? Guy said – "It meant a lot. Coach Minter is a very good coach That guy, whew, coach Minter, man, he drives me crazy sometimes but everything he teaches and everything he has us do it's for a reason. He's not going to steer you wrong so the decision he made for me I'm absolutely sure was the right one. It just adds another dimension to my game that I can not only play on the back end but I can also play down in the box." He said he thought it would help him improve on his tackling after hearing some critics last season.
He said it hadn't hit him that his season was coming to a close until last week at Georgia. He said he sat down and had a few tears and that won't be the end. He said he would cry on Saturday.
When asked if beating Tennessee would erase the bad memories of this season, he said – "Gnaw, You can't ever erase any bad memories of the losses but I think it would make things so much easier and make fans so much more happy; because their number one goal every year is to beat Tennessee and Louisville. I think it would start a whole new trend setter for this university."
How has it been playing in front of your homeys and family and do you feel like you have made them proud? Yeah, of course." With a nervous chuckle, he said. "It's been a journey. I've got a lot of memories here at this university, a lot of ups and downs but all of them have helped me mature into a man. College football basically determines if you are a boy or are you a man. It was a slow process. A lot of people mature at a faster pace but its a process."
Guy was and his family was always thirsting for individual success and we asked him was it frustrating early in his career? "Yeah, it was frustrating. I'm a guy (no pun intended) everybody else and I wanted to read things about myself. I gives you motivation to be even better. I don't want to be one of those guys that people are saying didn't reach my potential. So you've got to show people that you are dedicated to the game and that you are out working everybody else. When you create that kind of perception of yourself if makes you proud to have played in the SEC and you have played against the best because this is the best conference in the country."
He said he just want to leave this program on a good note and "when I come back fifteen-years from now and can get a standing ovation. It will be a blessing to come back here and get the same love you got when you were here.".
As we watch the Arkansas Razorbacks carve out it's niche in the upper echelon of the SEC, Winston Guy could've been wearing the crimson and white rather than the blue and white. He was first committed to the Razorbacks coming out of Lexington Catholic. Joker came into the picture and turned him into a Wildcat.