Q&A: Matt House following Thursday's practice

Derek Terry, Staff Writer
Cats Illustrated

Here's what Kentucky defensive coordinator Matt House had to say following Thursday's practice.


On how young secondary guys are coming along: Cedrick (Dort) is doing a good job. He made a play today, an interception today. He overlapped in cover 3 and did a good job. Davonte Robinson is coming along. I think he’s doing some good things. Lonnie’s gotta keep coming. It’s been a year since he played football but now we’re halfway through spring. There’s a bunch of competition. I think those guys are embracing that.”

On young outside linebackers: “I’m excited about them. They’re getting better and better every practice. Jaylin (Bannerman), Jamar (Winson), doing a great job. Jordan Bonner is getting better every practice. Those three guys are really competing, which is good to see.”

On Adrian Middleton’s leadership: “Yeah, and we need to see more. Those guys up front set the tone. Yesterday we didn’t practice necessarily how we want to. I thought we were much better today. We came with a more physical mentality. Had better pad level.”

On other young defensive linemen he’s looking to step up: T.J. Carter, Kordell Looney, Cross, those are guys all are going to play a role and need to keep growing.”

On if anyone on the defense has surprised him: “I don’t know if anybody has surprised me. Some guys are continuing to improve. I think Kash has gotten a lot better from last year to where he is now. I think he’s continuing to improve. I think Derrick Baity is playing better. There are a bunch of guys growing. I don’t know if anybody necessarily jumps out as a surprise, but there’s guys who have definitely improved.”

On offensive players giving the defense trouble: “Benny (Snell). I think Benny is -- I told Eddie (Gran) the other day, the way Benny is approaching every day, he’s doing a great job. He’s setting the tone on their side of the ball in my opinion.”

On what Kash is doing specifically that has been good: “I know this sounds cliche, but he’s playing the game. He’s not just worried about running the defensive call. He’s seeing more things. He’s in better football position. He just looks a lot more natural out here.”

On Davonte Robinson moving to safety: “He’s a guy that can cover a lot of ground. Obviously he’s fast. He made a play the other day in the scrimmage. A big time play. He played safety in high school so it’s something I think he’s comfortable with.”

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