TIREY: Maxwell not in Lexington, yet

TIREY:  Maxwell not in Lexington, yet

The suddenly thin linebacking corp of the University of Kentucky football team took another hit recently. The NCAA rule allowing incoming freshmen to arrive on campus during the summer to get acclimated and to participate in individual workouts needs a player to be eligible first. Sam Maxwell, the 6'3", 225 pound linebacker out of Hartwell, Georgia, could have help the Cats immediately this upcoming football season.

The suddenly thin linebacking corp of the University of Kentucky football team took another hit recently. The NCAA rule allowing incoming freshmen to arrive on campus during the summer to get acclimated and to participate in individual workouts needs a player to be eligible first. Sam Maxwell, the 6'3", 225 pound linebacker out of Hartwell, Georgia, could help the Cats immediately this upcoming football season. However, he lacks a credit to be eligible, and will miss valuable preparation time this summer before the season begins. He will take an internet course to make up the credit.

Maxwell told KSR the story. "I might be a little late on that," said Maxwell, referring to arriving in Lexington, "But I‘m looking forward to it. I just have to take care of this internet course first. You can be in shape, but the college level is just a whole different game. I need to get up there and prepare. You really aren't in shape till you work out at the college level. I have been on the high school level, and I don't think that's really enough right now." His friends have been telling him that the next level is a bit different on the speed dimension. "I asked one of my close friends that went to Florida State, I have been working out with him a little bit, and he said it's a whole different level. You have to get ready for it. He worked out hard, so he came in and was in shape. It isn't any playing around; it turned out to be a job. It's a faster pace, you're on the clock, and you can't miss anything. He told me the work was hard. But I'm not concerned, because he told me the tutors that you get are a real good help to you."

The attrition that Kentucky has experienced at the linebacker position keeps Maxwell hopeful that he can come in and help the Cats right out of the gate, despite his academic setback. "I keep that in mind, but I don't want to get cocky, and say I ‘m going up there and do this and that. I have to go up there and work just as hard as everybody else. They might not say that they are good, but they are still at a good level. You have to respect that they have been in the game for a while." Maxwell believes a former Georgia high school player on the Kentucky roster last year, might help him make a smoother transition. "With Wesley (Woodyard) up there, I think me and him can get along. And a friendship off the field is going to help more on the field."

The internet course Maxwell is taking should be complete around the end of June or the first of July. Then Cat fans will know if this Georgia peach will be available to help the cause this football season.

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