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By LARRY VAUGHT
LEXINGTON — Senior offensive guard Larry Warford, a preseason all-Southeastern Conference pick, shared these insights after Saturday’s scrimmage.
Question: What was it like to be part of that 98-yard, 14-play scoring drive in Saturday’s scrimmage that coach Joker Phillips liked so much?
Warford: “It was great. I thought we were going to pass more. It was pretty good to get that accomplished. It shows that your team is coming together. It was really good. I thought it would be tough coming out from the 2 (yard line) and just to know we accomplished that with basically all of them being run plays shows the toughness of our line and the confidence the coaches have in us to call those run plays. It shows the trust they have in us.”
Question: How are the new guys coming along in the line?
Warford: “They are great. Zach West is doing well. He struggled a little bit early, but he has come along really well in the last few days. Darrian (Miller) is just as good as anybody. He will be an all-SEC guy. I promise you that. He is a smart player, really fast, really strong. Kevin (Mitchell) is hurt right now, but he is doing really well. Trevino (Woods) is picking everything up really well, too.”
Question: Are you confident the play at quarterback will be better this year?
Warford: “Definitely. They have been working hard all camp, and even in the offseason. The competition between each other really got them both (Maxwell Smith and Morgan Newton) better. We are throwing it better and catching it better. I am very impressed.”
Question: How much has it helped to have so much continuity in the offensive line during preseason camp?
Warford: “It is always good to have chemistry between us and just getting to know each other helps us out. It makes it a lot better.”
Question: What dimension does freshmen running backs Dyshawn Mobley and Justin Taylor add with their size?
Warford: “They are big guys. They are really big backs. They run hard and they are not scared to hit. I like that about them. I am looking forward to seeing what they can do for our team here soon. I am real excited about that.”
Question: Will they run over you if you don’t open a hole for them?
Warford: “I have been hit in the back a couple of times. Yeah, they will. They are not scared to hit the hole. They are really good backs. I am really glad to have them.”