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Anatomy of a Za’Sack

We all knew Za’Darius Smith was going to make an impact on the defensive side of the ball but few could have expected the man to lead the nation in sacks after three games. Smith has made his presence known in all three games so far and was instrumental in getting Bridgewater out of his comfort zone to keep the Cats in the game. But just how does the man who hails from parts unknown keep on getting to quarterbacks? Hit my music and take a look in this weeks breakdown: Anatomy of a Za’Sack.


Tie game, 3rd and seven. The mission, get some pressure on Bridgewater so he can’t make one of those big throws downfield he has made time and again during his collegiate career. The Cards go four wide for just such a play but Bud Dupree isn’t going to allow it as he bursts across the line as soon as the ball is snapped.


Bud makes the Lousiville defender look foolish as you can see and Teddy knows the play is blown as he begins to collapse back into the pocket. Meanwhile Za’Darius begins to struggle with a hapless O-Lineman who will not prevail on this day. Za’Darius must feast!



The two headed Defensive End attack is ready to strike. Bud gets a hand on Bridgewater as Za’ Darius overpowers his man. Bridgewater is forced to retreat but it is too late. With his man tossed aside like a ragdoll the 254 pound Smith is ready to pounce and that is just what he does. After a short chase Teddy is wrapped up tighter than the stuffed animal that bears the same name opposing players clench after waking from a DE nightmare.


Ladies and gentlemen I present to a Za’Sack in it’s native habitat. Look at the form, the glory, and the big stop against a bitter rival. There is hardly a more beautiful sight in all of football. Dupree got the pressure on and Smith finished the job. Only one thing to do now:


A big Za’Smile is in order for the Za’celebration. Smith and Dupree have been making great strides after a somewhat disappointing start against WKU. If they can continue to improve then they will be a force to be reckoned with no matter who is lined up on the offensive side of the ball. With both guys only in their junior year we can hope that next season they will still be terrorizing teams while wearing the Blue and White.

What is your favorite part of watching Za’Darius go to work?

Article written by Andrew Cassady

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7 Comments for Anatomy of a Za’Sack

  1. come on
    9:44 pm September 16, 2013 Permalink

    They forced everything inside just like it is designed. These guys are going give every one fits.
    I could not pick up what U of L did different in the second half but it all seemed to be between the tackles. Anybody know?

  2. SmearoftheTardinal
    10:11 pm September 16, 2013 Permalink

    They made an adjustment, but it wasn’t as much as that as our D-line was gassed…..we lost our starting D tackle (Rumph) on the first series of the game……we got wore down and quality we are only about 4 deep (Rumph, Cobble, Johnson, and Douglas)…..last series of the first half we didn’t get near the pressure on TB as we had…….I think our O left them out there too many series…….playing a man down–we wore down. I’m sure UL schemed better in the second half–but they started gashing us with the run……fatigue kills a D.

  3. Ukblue
    10:13 pm September 16, 2013 Permalink

    The adjustment after the half for Louisville was playing against an overly fatigued defense. We simply don’t have the depth to play at that level all game. The offense has to step up if we are to have any hope of competing In the next few games. The defense gave us every opportunity to succeed and the offense squandered it with ineffective qb play.

  4. Grammar King
    9:09 am September 17, 2013 Permalink

    Wasn’t Za’Darius the recruit that said he was going to be a one-and-done at Kentucky? I’m not trying to troll or anything, but I thought I remembered him saying something like that when he committed.

  5. cracka
    9:45 am September 17, 2013 Permalink

    nope, that was nate willis

    can’t we just call it a Za’c? makes more sense … Za’c the quarterback

  6. scorpiocard
    11:03 am September 17, 2013 Permalink

    The adjustment U of L made was they stopped pulling their guards and started blowing off the ball straight at the defense.

    Of course uk’s fatigue due to lack of depth was a big factor as well, as is mentioned above.

  7. scorpiocard
    11:43 am September 17, 2013 Permalink

    That adjustment of course was for the U of L run game. As far as the pass blocking goes I have not heard of any adjustments they made other than to do a better job of picking up their assignments and holding their blocks better (relayed to them by coach Strong in a amplified and colorful manner according him, as well as some of the players ).

    Even though uk did disrupt the pass protection some early in the game it was never out of control. They only sacked Teddy this one single time that is shown here. It was the U of L running game that the 5 defensive linemen shut down that was the real probelm for U of L early. By stopping pulling the guards they took care of that problem.