VAUGHT: Jimmy Heggins on UK Offensive Line

Kentucky Center Eric Scott

Offensive line coach Jimmy Heggins talks with KSR's Larry Vaught about his players and their progress in the first of a three-part series. Today's feature focuses on the progress of the Kentucky offensive linemen Eric Scott and Zipp Duncan.

Question: How do you feel your guys in the offensive line have been doing?

Heggins: "I think they have been working hard and fighting. We are still making our share of mistakes, but we are coming along and making some progress. That is what you want."

Question: What do you like best about center Eric Scott, a first-year starter and former tight end, and what does he need to do better?

Heggins: "There are a lot of things to like. You have to remember he is still learning to be a center. This is his first year starting. There are certain things you have to be able to do as a center, and that is all ahead of him. He is only going to get better. He is just scratching the surface of his ability."

Question: Can he make improvement even week to week as he learns?

Heggins: "I think he can make it each week. Every week he has to be better. That is the goal. You either get better or you get worse. There are just certain things he needs to do. He is used to being a tight end and a defensive lineman. He can get his feet too close together and not getting on what we call the right base under him or sticking his head in there instead of using his hands like he should."

Question: Does Zipp Duncan have similar problems since he is a former tight end also?

Heggins: "He is trying to make that transition from tight end, which is not easy. But he is making good progress. Both of those guys are."

Question: Has Duncan surprised you with his quick transformation?

Heggins: "No, he hasn't. He was only one step away from being an offensive lineman at tight end. He is a hard working young man, and a smart young man. So it doesn't surprise me that he is catching on."

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