MOBILE, Ala. — Kentucky safety Darius West is zeroed in on improving his draft stock at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, but it wasn’t so long ago he drew a bead on elusive Georgia tailback D’Andre Swift.
West closed in on Swift and, unable to hold back, delivered a shot that got him ejected in the Bulldogs’ 34-17 win in Lexington in what amounted to the SEC East Division championship game.
West, whose ejection came at the start of the second half with Georgia leading 14-3, was playing aggressive football, pumped up by the electric environment at Kroger Field that day.
“It was great, all the media and hype building up into it, being able to compete for a title,” West told DawgNation. “We put a lot into that week, they came to play well, they outplayed us that day, we respect them as a team.”
West said he was impressed with Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm, who was 14-of-20 passing for 113 yards on a day that saw the Bulldogs rely on the ground game.
“Fromm has definitely got a future, he’s a good teammate, he’s coachable, he plays with a motor, and he’s locked in,” West said. “He’s hard to figure out, out there.
“The Georgia standard, you know they do their running, they run the ball, it makes it easier for them.”
West said the Bulldogs had a pretty good receiving corps, and he took note of “No. 8, (Riley) Ridley, real good player.”
West was pretty good himself, a key piece to the Wildcats’ first 10-win season in 41 years.
Kentucky beat Penn State 27-24 in the Citrus Bowl with West leading the way, making 10 tackles.
“(10-win season) means a lot to us, and it means a lot to the Big Blue Nation,” West said. “It will help out with a lot of future recruits we’ll get. They have a lot to believe in now.”
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