Josh Forrest came to Kentucky as a wide receiver. He was moved to linebacker during his redshirt season in 2011. The Catsâ€™ starting middle linebacker led the team with 110 tackles in 2014 and ranked third in the Southeastern Conference in tacklers per game. A native of Paducah, Ky., he has already completed his degree and is now adding a second major in communications. He had 8 tackles in the Cats 14-9 loss to Florida on Saturday. It was their 29th straight loss to the Gators.
Is there a difference between thinking you can win against teams like Florida and expecting to win?
I think everybody is thinking weâ€™re going to go out there and win. Weâ€™re gonna go out there and do this. Itâ€™s totally different from how it was last year and the year before.
When did you feel like you were a linebacker?
Probably at the end of last year. Coming into this year, I felt like I had a good spot, and I felt like I was an SEC linebacker.
Did you play defense in high school?
I played safety in high school.
Now, what do you like about playing defense?
That Iâ€™m able to create my own path. Iâ€™m able to make plays. I donâ€™t have to depend on the o-line to block and the quarterback to make a good pass and things like that. On defense you just run to the ball and make a play.
If you had to choose: a sack or an interception?
Interception. Just because thatâ€™s getting the ball back to the offense.
Is that the highlight of your career â€“ the interception that you returned for a touchdown?
Probably so. I still see that on a lot of highlights.
How much do you need to win one of these statement games against a ranked SEC opponent?
We still have a long time to go and a lot of time to get better.
Do you notice a difference in the crowd after the stadium renovation?
They showed up and showed out. I really appreciate the turnout.
What was the message from Coach Stoops?
He just told us to put it behind us and get back to work.
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