Presley, a junior safety from Kosciusko, along with his fellow defensive back teammates, has grown weary of the talk of the lack of the production from the defensive backfield. He is ready to prove himself on the field, beginning with September 2nd at South Carolina
Right now Presley has earned the number one spot, but on his heels is a redshirt freshman quickly making a name for himself, Jerrion Johnson. "Right now Kendrick is still in that No. 1 spot, but Jerrion is pushing him," Coach Fedora said in a recent interview. "Jarrion has done a heck of a job as a redshirt freshman. I think he has a bright future."
Presley is enjoying the competition and is having a great fall camp so far.
"Our main focus is just trying to be the best in the conference," he said of the safeties focus early into fall camp. "We are tired of the negative talk about our secondary, so we are going to step it up and prove that we can be the best in the conference."
He also said this sense of urgency from the defense is nothing new from last year. It has simply been talked about more from the media.
"I think everything is the same to be honest with you," Presley said. "We are just trying to play more as a unit, and play as one. But, there has not been a shift from us as far as from this year to last year. We have the same mentality."
Despite his experience, he sees Justin Wilson as the leader of the defense. Although, he is not afraid to do what is necessary when called upon.
"I am just trying to be the best I can be to make the defense better," he said. "I don't really see myself as a leader, but only leading when I have to."
What does Coach Bradford ask of his safeties in practice everyday?
"He wants us to play hard every play, run to the ball, and take care of our business," Presley noted.
There has been talk of some heated battles with the wide receivers. Presley has the chance to see them up close and personal every day, and has nothing but praise for his counterparts.
"All of our wide-outs are really good," he said.
"They are very talented, and there is a lot of them that can play. We do have some good battles in practice that is helping to improve us both. I don't know who will start, but I do know that we will have more than just the first four playing, I know that for a fact."
Presley is equally impressed with his side of the football as well.
"My back-up Jerrion Johnson is coming along well, so is Justin Wilson," he pointed out.
"Justin is like the veteran of the secondary. I look up to them and they help me out when I need it. Jerrion has really good speed, he is physical, and he is just a natural born safety. He is going to be really good for us."
Presley and his teammates continue to gear up for the big opener on Thursday night, September 2nd. Stick with GEP.com as we lead right up to the big game with in-depth coverage of fall practice.
GEP.com continues its fall camp coverage with player interviews and in depth analysis. Tonight, we caught up with Kendrick Presley to talk about the Golden Eagles secondary that has seen its share of scrutiny heading into this season. Presley says this group is ready to prove the doubters wrong.