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Cory “Poop” Johnson signs with new team, becomes internet famous

Cory “Poop” Johnson signs with new team, becomes internet famous

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The legend of Cory “Poop” Johnson lives on. The former Kentucky defensive lineman just inked a new deal with the Toronto Argonauts in the Canadian Football League, and the tweet announcing it has the internet laughing:

Of course, if you’re reading this, you already know how CJ got his nickname. In an interview with Alan Cutler, Johnson shared his weight loss secret: pooping.

“I guess because I poop so much. I try to poop like five times a day, three times a day. It’s hard to keep weight when you’ve got so much going out.”

The last two years, Johnson played with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, racking up 28 tackles and five sacks. Prior to joining the CFL, he spent time on Atlanta Falcons and Kansas City Chiefs practice squads. At UK, he tallied 77 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and 1 fumble recovery over two seasons.

Now seems like a great time to remind everyone that CJ goes by “Poop Mane” on social media, where he also posted this submission for the ESPN Body Issue:

Wait until the rest of the internet sees that.


Former Kentucky star Avery Williamson is back in Lexington to earn his degree

Classes officially started last week at the University of Kentucky, and like every other student on campus, I slowly made my way through each class on my schedule for syllabus week.

In one instance later in the week, I was trekking my way into the brand new UK Student Center when an individual walked past me that caught me off guard. There are thousands of students walking through campus each day, and I only had time to take a quick glance, but I could’ve sworn I had seen him before. Did I have a past class with him? Same high school? Played sports together growing up?

I brushed it off and didn’t think anything of it until this morning. Making that same journey into the Student Center, I walked down a flight of stairs into the dining area, and that same individual from the week before was walking my direction. This time, though, I got a closer look at him and still couldn’t figure it out. He was 6-feet tall or so, wearing a sweatshirt and sweatpants, longer hair, etc. But the face was so freaking familiar.

Sitting down for a Chick-fil-A chicken biscuit, I was making my typical morning rounds on social media. Then I came across the following post on Twitter from University of Kentucky assistant athletic director Tony Neely:

Bookbag on and pencil in hand, the individual I had seen twice absolutely was former Kentucky star linebacker and current New York Jet Avery Williamson.

Williamson, who finished with a career-high 121 tackles (41 solo), three sacks, six tackles for loss, and two forced fumbles in 2018, is back in Lexington this semester to finish his degree at UK.

After being drafted in the fifth round by the Tennessee Titans in 2014, Williamson played the first season of a three-year, $22 million deal with the Jets he signed last offseason.

At Kentucky, Williamson played from 2010-2013, racking up 296 total tackles, four sacks, ten tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, and two interceptions.

Congratulations to the former Wildcat great on coming back to earn his degree!


Za’Darius Smith listed as No. 1 upcoming under-the-radar NFL free agent

Za’Darius Smith listed as No. 1 upcoming under-the-radar NFL free agent

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Following a career season with the Baltimore Ravens, former Kentucky defensive end Za’Darius Smith is set for a pretty solid payday when he hits free agency this offseason.

Finishing with career-high 45 tackles, 8.5 sacks, two pass deflections, and one forced fumble in 16 games this past season, Smith has been listed as Pro Football Focus’ No. 1 overall under-the-radar prospect when free agency rolls around this March.

The list is described as one that highlights “quality starters that won’t command a premium.”

“The 10 players below aren’t likely to break the bank this offseason, but all could be massive upgrades for needy teams,” the description said.

Here was Smith’s profile as the No. 1 overall free agent prospect on the list, with his status as one of the top edge defenders in the NFL being a key reason for the impressive rating:

In his fourth year in the NFL, the former Wildcat doubled his tackle total from the last two seasons, four more sacks than the last two seasons combined, and doubled his start total from last year to this one.

NFLTradeRumors.co released their list of top-50 free agents this offseason, and Smith came in at No. 34 overall.

At just 26 years old, the former Kentucky pass rusher’s career is just beginning. Whether he’s with a new team next season or re-signs with the Baltimore Ravens, Big Z will be making a pretty penny when he signs his next NFL contract.