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By LARRY VAUGHT
Freshman receiver Demarcus Sweat made his first touchdown catch a memorable one in last week’s win over Kent State and figures to play even more against Western Kentucky Saturday. Here’s what he had to say about his play and other subjects this week.
Question: When you scored your first touchdown on a 56-yard catch and run against Kent State, why was there not a huge burst of emotion from you?
Sweat: “I have always been like that. You just expect a lot for yourself and want to act like you have been there and will be back. You don’t want any 15-yard penalties (for celebrating) to hurt the team. You want to act like you have done this. I am a freshman and there should be more to come.”
Question: Was it just spontaneous to high-five the cheerleaders when you did score?
Sweat: “It was just popped in my head. I just felt like the crowd would be in it if I gave the cheerleaders a little touch like that.”
Question: Do you feel you are progressing as fast as you hoped you would?
Sweat: “I mean as far … yes with the playbook and benefitting the team. I was just really focused on getting on the field and helping the team out as much as I could as a freshman. So I guess you could say yes that I am benefitting the team a good little bit right now as a freshman.”
Question: Is that the kind of explosive play you can make either catching passes or returning kicks?
Sweat: “Yes. We have a lot of good receivers. When my name is called and I get in there, I am going to try and make something good happen for the team.”
Question: How hard is it to pick up the blocking assignments?
Sweat: “It is not hard. The game moves way faster than high school, but once you get a little hang of it you are going to start picking up the blocks and everything will come natural.”
Question: Has the offense been better than you expected?
Sweat: “We are progressing every week. That’s the main thing. We run a fast offense, so everybody is picking up the signals well and helping each other out when we are not. We are on a good roll.”
Question: Are you curious yet about what it might be like to play a Southeastern Conference road game?
Sweat: “It is going to be kind of different going down there to Florida (Sept. 22). It is all a game. It will all be the same. Just keep your composure and act like you have been there and play hard.”
Question: How do you change from such a soft-spoken, fun-loving person off the field to the all-business player on the field?
Sweat: “On that field, it is all work and no play. Outside the field, you can be one person. On the field, it’s all work. You have to treat that like your job and do it well.”
Question: What was the reaction like on campus to your first Kentucky touchdown?
Sweat: “My teachers, Mr. McClutkin the music teacher watches all the games. My psychology teacher, Dr. Golden, he said something about it. As far as that, it was just helping the team.”
Question: Are you a big music guy?
Sweat: “Yes. My mom is and pointed me to a lot of music growing up. I just got into music and studying all that.”
Question: Are you a singer?
Sweat: “No, but I do listen to music a lot.”