Khvatov: What are
your measurements (height, weight and forty time)?
Warford: My height
is 6’3, my weight is 340 and my best 40 time is
Khvatov: What schools
recruited you when you were coming out of high
It was obviously Kentucky, Cincinnati, Marshall,
Western Kentucky and I had some interest from Auburn
Khvatov: Why did you
eventually choose Kentucky?
It was a couple of reasons. I obviously had a
cousin up here, CB Paul Warford. I wanted to get to
know him better. It was nice to play with him. My
house was 30 minutes away from campus. I had a
chance to play in the SEC and be closer to home. It
was one of the biggest factors. I came up here and
I liked the coaching staff a lot. They were really
great people. I liked the country side a
Khvatov: What was it
like moving from San Diego, CA to Kentucky?
It was a huge culture shock. Everything in San
Diego just happens at a faster pace. Everything
just goes by so fast even if you are walking down
the street. There was barely anyone on the street
here at Kentucky. People are just talking to each
other. People greet you on the streets even if they
don’t know you. In California, those things don’t
happen. There is a lot more adversity in San
your overall career at Kentucky.
I think that it went pretty well for me overall. I
got to play as a freshman. I got some experience
early. I have been playing at a pretty high level
from my sophomore year up to now. Our seasons
obviously haven’t gone the way that we planned.
Overall, I am satisfied with what I have done so
far. Obviously there are things that I need to
improve on. I will try to improve those things from
now up until pro day or these all-star bowl
Khvatov: How tough
was it going through a two win season this year?
It was pretty tough. You want to win. We were
really a close team this year. I have never seen a
closer group of guys since I have been here.
Honestly, I liked every person on this team. It was
good to see how hard our guys would practice each
and everyday. We were losing, but we were still in
there fighting. We had a strong bond, and it got me
through this tough season.
difficult was it to see your head coach Joker
Phillips get fired at the end of the season?
It was hard. He loves this program to death. He
has been with this program for the biggest part of
his life. He tried to do everything that he felt
was right for this program. It hurt to see him get
fired. It was hard to take. I know that he will do
his thing at Florida. He obviously had a really
good opportunity there. I wish him the best of
luck. It was hard seeing him get fired though. It
took its toll on us.
Khvatov: Is there a
lot of excitement at Kentucky with Mark Stoops
coming in? Will he be able to turn the Wildcats
Yeah, there is a lot of excitement with coach Stoops
coming in. I hope that he can turn it around. It
is a new beginning for Kentucky. We are one of the
youngest teams in the nation. We have a lot of
young players. It will be hard in the SEC to turn
this program around as quickly as people might
want. But they have to stick behind him. This team
is so young. It might take some time. But I
believe that he can do it.
Khvatov: What are
your strengths on the football field?
I think that I do everything at a pretty high
level. I don’t want to just be known for run
blocking or pass blocking. I feel like if you want
to be an elite player, you have to be an expert at
your position. I try to implement and work on
things everyday at practice.
Khvatov: What areas
of your game do you need to improve upon?
There are obviously things that I can still work
on. I can work on my speed. I can get quicker. I
can shed a few pounds. I need to work on my balance
a little bit more. I feel that I get overextended a
little bit because I am trying to come off so hard
when the ball is snapped and get that initial
Khvatov: Do you think
that you are a better run blocker than you are a
It depends on who you ask. I love pass blocking. I
am not going to lie. It is a little bit harder to
do especially when you get to the NFL because there
are so many things that can happen. I think that I
am a better run blocker right now because we run the
ball so much here. Two years ago, I was a better
pass blocker because we were a passing team. I
guess that it depends on the offense that we are
Khvatov: What is the
highlight of your football career up to this point?
Probably the last scoring drive against Tennessee my
junior year. I had so much fun on that drive
because we were coming off the ball and pushing them
back. You can see it on their face that they were
mad and they wanted to win. I told them after the
game that I wasn’t using any type of technique. I
was just coming off the ball as hard as I can. The
defensive players at Tennessee said the same thing
to me. It was really emotional for us especially
during my junior year because we weren’t going to a
bowl. That game alleviated all of that stress for
that whole season. It was a highlight for me when
we scored that touchdown and won the game against
separates you from all of the other players at your
I have seen film on Warmack and Barrett Jones. They
are really good players. I feel that they have the
same skill set that I have. Honestly, the only
thing that I can say is my knowledge and instincts
of the game. I also have a very high IQ for the
game. It is hard to know. I haven’t practiced with
inspires you to play football?
My mom and my friends inspire me. My friends got me
into the game. I was just playing football, not
thinking that I can make anything out of it. I
found out that I was really good at it after I
started to love the game and being passionate about
it. Then I saw this as an opportunity in being able
to provide for my mom. She lives in Samoa. She
needs help. I would be so happy if I can give back
to her what she gave me when I was younger. I don’t
want her to have to worry about anything else
anymore. That is really my job now.
Khvatov: What is your
favorite NFL team?
Should I not say that. It’s weird since I am from
California, but I am an Eagles fan. My cousin Paul
who I didn’t meet till my senior year of high school
was also an Eagles fan. I like the Eagles because
at one point they had all of my favorite players on
the same team. They had Brian Dawkins, Jevon Kearse,
Donovan McNabb, Brian Westbrook and Jeremiah
Trotter. I just said that I will go and root for
this team. I have been an Eagles fan ever since.
Khvatov: Who is your
favorite NFL player?
Corey Peters is one of my good friends. He is a
former Kentucky player. He plays for the Falcons.
I love the guy.
underclassman on your team should keep an eye on in
QB Jalen Whitlow. He had so much pressure that was
being put on him this year. Our QB guys were
getting hurt. He was basically thrown into the
fire. He struggled early on, but he kept improving
as the season progressed. Eventually, he was just
comfortable. He didn’t think too much. He just
played. I believe that he will keep getting
better. He is a really confident athlete. The sky
is the limit for that guy. He is a really good
Khvatov: What did you
enjoy the most about college football?
The friends that I got to make. I talk to some of
the guys who are in the NFL right now and they all
say that it is a business. Everyone is just
rotating in and out. You don’t get the same sense
of family that you get in college football. I have
enjoyed the whole family atmosphere that we had here
at the school especially with coach Phillips. He
wanted to have that strong bond with each other. It
is the most important thing.
Khvatov: What does it
take to be a leader?
Doing the right things. You don’t have to be some
big extrovert. You don’t have to be the big vocal
leader. I believe that you simply have to do what
is asked of you. You have to buy into the program
and what the coaches are telling you. If the people
see that, other players will follow. It is the
right thing to do. It is just as simple as that.
Khvatov: What is the
greatest lesson that you have learned in life thus
It would probably be that leadership stuff. That is
what my major is in. Actually, I want to rephrase
it. I guess that being a follower is okay as long
as you are following the right people. I know that
it sounds weird. I actually talk to my professors a
lot on this topic. I am actually majoring in
leadership and development. I told my professor
that I am not a real big leader, but I am a good
follower. I think that I follow the right people,
and it has brought me success so far. It is one of
the biggest things that I have learned. You don’t
have to be a leader, being a good follower is just
Khvatov: What are
My favorite thing to do is football right now. I
play bass guitar. My cousin and I go paintballing
every once in awhile. I like fishing.
Khvatov: Where do you
plan to train for the NFL Draft?
I will be training in Arizona. It won’t be at the
big facility. I will be training at the O-Line
academy with LeCharles Bentley. He played for the
Saints. He was a Pro Bowler. I will be training
Khvatov: What do you
plan to do with your life after football?
I want to take some classes and become an auto
technician or a general mechanic after football. I
like working on super stuff like that. I like
working on cars. It gives me a lot of time to
think. I am kind of an introvert. I don’t like
going to parties or doing too many social things.
Being a mechanic would fit my personality.
Khvatov: Is the NFL a
dream or a reality at this point?
It doesn’t seem real to me because it is not here
yet. I can’t say that it is a reality yet. It
seems kind of like a dream to me right now.
Khvatov: What are you
looking forward to the most during this whole draft
Probably working with other offensive linemen. I
want to know more about the game. You learn a lot
more about the game when you start training for the
draft. I am looking forward to it the most because
there is a lot more that I can learn about
defenses. It would eventually help me become a
Khvatov: Larry, what
five words best describe you?
Soft-spoken, nice, aggressive on the field, caring