Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Zipp Duncan interview

Tonight I had the opportunity to interview Zipp Duncan who is preparing for camp with the Philadelphia Eagles. Zipp recently attended the Eagles mini camp and said, “Overall the experience was positive.” He inked a three year deal with the team, but it’s contingent on making the roster. The Eagles are mainly working him out at the guard positions, but he could see a little action at tackle. He talked about playing for a new coach, learning a new technique and adjusting to the speed of the game. He said the Eagles staff told him they were not going to bring guys in here that can’t play at this level.

We also discussed the future of Kentucky football. Zipp said, “The program is in good hands,” referring to Joker Phillips. We chatted about the offensive line and the potential struggles they could run into with only one starter returning. “Anytime you lose four seniors it’s going to be tough, but the guys will be fine,” Duncan said. He went on to say, “It’s real crucial they work together and camp is a month to work things out.” I asked Zipp to name a player besides Stuart Hines that could anchor the line and he suggested Larry Warford. “He has a big body, big feet, very aggressive and will be highly touted,” Duncan said. When talking about new faces on the defensive line he said, “Mister Cobble. When he turns it on, he is a load and hard to block for anyone.”

I asked Zipp how he felt about the legacy his class left on the program. He said, “Five years ago Rich Brooks sold us on a dream. He said he wanted to go to a bowl game every year.” Zipp also talked about Rich Brooks and Joker Phillips changing the nature of the program. He talked about them recruiting players who are use to winning and guys pushing each other in practice. One thing is certain; the team will miss Zipp in 2010. He worked hard and became part of something special. On behalf of the Big Blue Nation, we wish you nothing but the best Zipp!

1 comment:

  1. Great young man, enjoyed watching him in High School, and i enjoyed watching him play for my Cats! wish him the best!!!