LEXINGTON — Freshman running back Dyshawn Mobley got a taste of Division I football Sunday against Louisville and is eager for more.
The Kentucky freshman from Powell, Tenn., played briefly in the second half. He did not get a rushing attempt, but did catch one pass for 1 yard.
Question: How did it feel to get to play in your first game at Kentucky?
Mobley: “It felt great to get to play. I was just trying to do the best I could do for my team.”
Question: How has the last month been for you?
Mobley: “It was tough in practice and was tough not getting in the game more. But I am still learning and will be ready when I get my chance to play more. Every day I get better at protections, running plays, schemes and stuff like that.”
Question: What has been the hardest thing for you so far?
Mobley: “Really, just picking up pass protection. I am pretty good on it now, though. I am getting better every day at it. I am working hard and trying to learn everything. Running the ball comes naturally to me. The pass protection you have to read all those linebackers, cornerbacks to see who is coming. It’s tough but I am picking it up.”
Question: What did you think of this atmosphere?
Mobley: “It was totally different than what I imagined. There were a lot more people out there going crazy. I like it. I just want to get my chance one day to show all I can do. Our offense did pretty good in the game moving the ball. We just have to execute better, take out the penalties and stop the turnovers. We ran the ball well. (Quarterback) Max (Smith) looked comfortable in the pocket finding receivers. I liked the last series we had. It was basically like seven-on-seven where we drove it down the field passing it. I liked that and know we can do more of that. We have a good offense.”
Question: Are you as strong a runner as people are saying?
Mobley: “I run the ball pretty hard. I just like playing football really. When I get my chance, I just make the best out of it.”
Question: How tough was it in a game like that to have to just stand and watch and learn for most of the game?
Mobley: “It is definitely tough, but I know one day I will get my chance. Those guys had chances today. I will just stay back and observe and see what I can get better at and learn from those guys and see what they can do.”
Question: Is there any one player who helps you a lot?
Mobley: “I look up to all of them. They all help me out with the plays and everything. If I need anything, I can ask any one of the running backs and they will give me any advice they can.”
Question: What was it like in the locker room after the game?
Mobley: “Everybody was walking around and trying to get everybody’s confidence back up and saying this is not our last game and keep our heads up.”