By LARRY VAUGHT
One offensive lineman who has not had a lot said about him this month is junior tackle Kyle Meadows. However, coach John Schlarman could not be happier with Meadows’ play.
Schlarman says he has “matured in every aspect” of football not just in the last two years but from March until now.
“Off the field, on the field. I really like his mindset and where’s he at right now. Sometimes it is just a maturity factor. Physically and mentally, some guys are just a little later than other guys,” the UK offensive line coach said. “From March to now, he’s really done a good job with his focus and consistency.
“Even last year at times in games he would have a rep that you would go, ‘Wow. That is a great rep.’ Then the next one might be a real bad rep. Now he has found a level of consistency in his game and that’s what we asked him to do all along. I see him getting closer to where he needs to be.”
Guess what? Meadows agrees 100 percent with his coach.
“I always ask coach Schlarman what he thinks I can do better or improve on. We talk about how much I have matured,” Meadows said. “Before one play would mess me up and I would let it destroy a whole series or game.
“But now it is just short-term memory and go to next play. I have matured and done a complete 180.”