The word most often used to describe Bud Dupree these days is “freak.” The senior defensive end has been the star of the UK defense for the past several years, and both Mark Stoops and DJ Eliot said this spring that the work he’s been doing in the weight room have made him even more explosive, athletic, and straight up “freakish.” So, it should come as no surprise that NFL.com ranks Dupree fifth on their list of the 14 Most Freakish Athletes in College Football:
5. Alvin “Bud” Dupree, DE/OLB, Kentucky
Particulars: 6-4, 259, senior
Buzz: He stood out on a mediocre UK defense last season, finishing with seven sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss. He also stands out for other reasons. His vertical jump has been measured at 40 inches and his broad jump at 10-foot-7. And get this: UK uses the “Catapult” monitoring system and Dupree was clocked at 20.5 miles per hour in a game last season. Dupree also helped his Irwinton (Ga.) Wilkinson County High basketball team to a state title as a senior.
During spring practice, Dupree told me that he’s ready to lead the defense this fall under the motto of “play like savages,” and said his work ethic in the weight room is contagious, to the point offseason workouts are now a competition. Judging by this picture he posted a few weeks ago, that hard work seems to be paying off for everyone.
I always wonder where they find the giant chains for these photo shoots.