Cornerback Charles Gaines, one of the most exciting players in college football, addressed the media after practice on Tuesday. The product of Miami, Fla., is coming off a season where he recorded five interceptions and recorded three touchdowns.
Despite that success, Gaines knows he has to keep working.
"We have some awesome freshmen who are pushing me," Gaines said. "The competition is good. I feel like they are competing for my job, and my job is never safe.
Gaines had the opportunity to compete against one of the nation's best wide receivers in practice on Tuesday in senior DeVante Parker.
"DeVante is a monster," Gaines said. "We just have to go out and compete. That's all it is about, competing. There are going to be plays where he makes you look ordinary and there will be some others that he is going to make. We have some of the best receivers in the country, and it will make me a better player by competing against them every day."
Head coach Bobby Petrino had the opportunity to watch some of his freshmen in the first practice on Tuesday, and one player who stood out was wide receiver Javonte Bagley from Vero Beach, Fla.
"He's going to be fun to see here in the future because he's going to be really good," Petrino said following practice on Tuesday. "