By LARRY VAUGHT
Freshman linebacker Dorian Hendrix didn’t generate the same spring practice buzz as players like Drew Barker, Mikel Horton and T.V. Williams, other freshmen who enrolled early at UK in January after graduating from high school early.
However, he’s just as eager to make his mark on UK football as the more highly noted offensive players in his recruiting class.
“There’s a lot of players here and I had to learn the playbook and stuff,” said Hendrix.
He said he looked towards older players to help him make the transition to college. He listed players Miles Simpson and Tyler Brause as two who helped him the most.
“Some of the guys that have been here a little bit have been helping me and some of the guys that came in from junior college like A.J. Stamps and C.J. (Johnson), I have been working with them a little bit to,” Hendrix said. “Those are the guys I hang out with outside of football. Maybe it is a defensive thing. I don’t know, but I just look to them for help.”
Hendrix worked with the second team during most of spring practice said he also got “good special team” work.
“I think I am doing pretty well. I am getting the playbook down. I still have little things to clean up as always. Once I get that stuff down, it will be okay. Spring was pretty productive,” Hendrix said. “It has been a transition. Probably the biggest thing is always going to be football, but it is that playbook. Certain things you have to be aware of, and I am still adjusting to that. I am probably not going to get it down perfect, but I am going to keep working with that and get that down. It will come naturally soon.
“Unfortunately, there is a lot more thinking. There shouldn’t be any thinking at all, but there is a little bit. Once things start to slow down there should not be too much thinking. You just go out there and play fast and that’s when you play your best.”
And what did Hendrix do best during spring practice?
“Compete. There are a lot of older guys and SEC football talent out here, and me coming straight from high school I wanted to earn their respect and show them what I could do coming straight out,” Hendrix said. “So probably the one thing I have been doing best is competing with the older guys and showing them I am supposed to be out there with them, too.”