Winston Guy understands tough love

Winston Guy understands tough love

Junior safety Winston Guy knows why the Kentucky defensive staff has been so hard on him during spring practice.

Junior safety Winston Guy knows why the Kentucky defensive staff has been so hard on him during spring practice.

"I feel like they have been on me a lot since I have been here, but they expect a lot from me. They want me to be the leader back there and expect me to make more plays this year than I have before," said Guy, a returning starter. "That is the main thing I am trying to focus on is being more consistent with my playmaking and wrapping up on tackles. I want to work on that in the summer and in fall camp be that person this year."

Still, it seems that the UK coaches have pounced on each little mistake he's made.

"They look at that a lot. The safeties are the last line of defense. You can't make mistakes like that. If you make a mistake, it could cost a touchdown and all the blame goes on us," Guy said. "We are supposed to be the person to help the corners out and help if the lienbacker can't get there. We have to be the extra man to make the tackle. That is why the coaches are so hard on me and the other safeties as far as making those plays.

"I am glad they are hard. If they didn't, that would mean they wouldn't care what I am doing. I am glad they are hard and have a lot of expectations and look for me to be the person back there to make plays. But sometimes I take it to heart. I get a little off focus and stuff, but I know I have to work my butt off to do what they say."

Guy knows head coach Joker Phillips and defensive coordinator Steve Brown would like him to not only provide big plays, but also provide more leadership.

"I try to do my leading with my actions on the field. I am not much of a vocal person as far as encouraging people and pushing people like that," Guy said. "I stay in my own zone and push myself to be the best. I try to lead my stuff by example on the field.

"I am just a laid back person, but I joke around and have fun with the players on the team. Once practice starts, I try to be focused and know what I have to do on the field so I won't make mistakes once the game comes. Playing well is how I can provide the best leadership."

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