Q&A with Coach Rick Petri Part TWO

Q&A with Coach Rick Petri Part TWO

Kentucky defensive line coach Rick Petri talks about his players and how this season has gone for UK's defensive front in the second part of this three-part series.

Kentucky defensive line coach Rick Petri talks about his players and how this season has gone for UK's defensive front in the second part of this three-part series.

Question: How is Myron Pryor progressing after a relatively slow start?

Petri: "I think the last couple of weeks he is playing better and better. He is still fighting little nicks here and there, but you are always going to. If you play that position, you are going to have those things. It is a physical position, especially if you play where those guys play inside and get a lot of combination blocks. You get two 300-pounders beating on your for 60 plays a game, you are going to get some nicks.

"He is showing up more each week. He is raising his game. That is what he needs to do." Question: Can Pryor still develop into a dominant player for you?

Petri: "I think so, but I think there are a lot of people that can become dominant. He has the size, power, quickness, speed. It is just matter of getting to a conditioning level to where he can play at a high intensity level every snap and then go make plays."

Question: How much has Corey Peters improved this year?

Petri: "Tremendously. He has come a long way. He has really kind of been a rock for us. he plays both sides. He has not missed any work. He is there all the time, has a great attitude and he wants to get better. You see that every week when he makes plays.

"Sometimes the tackle may not be as flashy as the ends, but sometimes their work is the dirty work. They are using up two blockers and linebackers, but they are doing dirty work, not complaining and making plays when they get a chance."

Question: End Jeremy Jarmon just seems to have a knack for making big plays?

Petri: "Jeremy has been very productive at sacks, but he's also playing good run defense. Sometimes you get some slop sacks, too, where someone else does a lot of the work and you just happen to be there when they spill it out. The other guy gets the initial push and you are there where you can make something happen. "He has always had a knack for that. Even last year he had a knack for rushing the passer. He has deceptive speed and he has power. That gives him a little different mix than a lot of people you see play on the edge."

Question: Has Dominic Lewis been a bit of a surprise with his consistent play?

Petri: "He has played good football all year. He is another one of those guys who spends a lot of times studying opponents. He understands what is going on on the field. He played a lot of positions before, but now he is settled in at one spot and gets daily reps. Defense is all about repetitions and you have to get those to be able to react."

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