Tate Leavitt: “I just have to get better”


Tate Leavitt came to Kentucky hailed as the solution for UK’s left tackle dilemma. However, the junior college transfer came out of spring practice No. 2 behind former walk-on Cole Mosier and is still in that spot — with true freshman Landon Young No. 3 — in preseason camp.

“I would not say it was harder than I thought. It was what I expected. I just have to get better. I have high expectations for myself and I just have one way to go,” he said. “I have more technique work to do. Little things with my footwork, little things not opening my hips to let the defensive man get to the edge.”

Leavitt says he has not been on the second unit since his sophomore year of  high school.

How long second unit –Oh my gosh. Sophomore year of high school.

“It’s motivating. All the guys took me in, routed me along, helped me out. That was the problem at first. I didn’t know what I was doing wrong. I went and sought help and they helped me a lot and same for coaches,” he said.

“I came here to be a starter and that is what I am working toward with all due respect to Cole. He has been consistent and does a really good job.”

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