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Breakout Player: Za’Darius Smith

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I’d tease him about how much this picture reminds me of The 40 Year Old Virgin movie poster… but I’m afraid he’d read it and come find me.

In looking at Kentucky’s team next year, two separate, non-UK sources have highlighted a common guy to have a breakout season.  Those of you gifted at reading blog post titles are a step ahead here, but it’s defensive end Za’Darius Smith, who by all accounts is a mountainous manchild of a JUCO pickup.

Smith joins an ever-improving defense that, under Mark Stoops, only plans to get even better.  And Smith is one of the big reasons why.  Check out what Saturday Down South had to say about the DE:

Za’Darius Smith will make a big impact this fall, and he flashed his ability this spring. Smith and Bud Dupree will create a sexy one-two punch at end.

I’m a little perplexed by Jon Cooper’s use of the word “sexy” there, but hey, if he thinks it’s gonna be good, then I’m happy about it.  Personally, I’m excited to have talented ends, because when I play defense on NCAA Football, it’s the position I use most (I only try to get sacks; everything else is up to the computer).

But SDS isn’t the only place praising Za’Darius.  SaturdayEdge.com thinks he could be poised for a breakout season as well:

ZaDarius [sic] Smith, the JUCO defensive end from Kentucky’s latest recruiting class, is ready to be a star right away.  He is a huge physical specimen with speed and strength.  Jadeveon Clowney he is not, but he is an excellent pickup for Kentucky who will play immediately.

I like the “ready to be a star right away” part.  That’s exactly the sort of thing this Kentucky defense needs, especially after getting run over (literally) all last year.

Once might be considered an accident, but two different sites claiming that Smith is going to have a breakout season?  Well, that’s enough to convince me.  They talked me into it.  Let the year of the Za’Darius begin.

Article written by Corey Nichols

16 Comments for Breakout Player: Za’Darius Smith



  1. EBrown21
    9:03 am April 26, 2013 Permalink

    Wow. He looks at least 34



  2. Greg Oden
    9:11 am April 26, 2013 Permalink

    My older brother



  3. Rixter
    9:21 am April 26, 2013 Permalink

    Corey Nichols – “I’d tease him about how much this picture reminds me of The 40 Year Old Virgin movie poster”

    Corey, I think you just did



  4. Well
    9:22 am April 26, 2013 Permalink

    Corey Nichols is racist, last week saying the twins parents had “pretty good grammar”. How they still let this person write articles is beyond me



  5. Espo
    9:23 am April 26, 2013 Permalink

    Congrats Corey on actually putting something new up on here



  6. Larry linebeard
    9:27 am April 26, 2013 Permalink

    I like to do hoodrat things with my friends



  7. Matt
    9:30 am April 26, 2013 Permalink

    3. I think he was trying to make a joke.
    4. That comment last week was pretty bad, but there is nothing racist about this post so settle down.

    For the record, I am usually one of the people bashing Corey’s terrible posts but this one was actually not that bad. The fact that it wasn’t copied and pasted directly from the night post is a big step in the right direction for Corey.



  8. killerkyle
    9:31 am April 26, 2013 Permalink

    Now for some actual comments. Not just post knocking the writer ,grow up. I remember some similar things being said about Dequin Evens. Jucos worry me a little with there ability to acclimate to the D1 game. He seems to be much bigger than Dequin though.



  9. Yesterdays
    9:36 am April 26, 2013 Permalink

    I hope he does not go Pro after 1 year. Next year and year after could be real special if QB gets solidified and our young guys develop. Lots of talent in Soph, frosh and recruits coming in



  10. UKfanNKY
    9:54 am April 26, 2013 Permalink

    If you were at the Spring Game I think you got an idea of what this young man can do and will do I really beleive he is going to be special…………….STOOOOOOOOOPS!!!!! GO CATS!!!



  11. Josh
    10:00 am April 26, 2013 Permalink

    If the Spring Game was any precursor to things to come Za’Darius is going to be a QB’s worst nightmare, its like he has a homing beacon for them and he can flat out run them down.



  12. NAACP
    10:03 am April 26, 2013 Permalink

    #4 agreed. This “boy” is a RACIST. The Rev’s Al & Jesse have been notified.



  13. HicksPickSix
    10:24 am April 26, 2013 Permalink

    Don’t worry, Corey, there is absolutely zero chance this kid reads anything you write.



  14. Honky Kong
    10:36 am April 26, 2013 Permalink

    Because everybody knows 40 yr old virgin posters are soooo racist……



  15. rick
    11:22 am April 26, 2013 Permalink

    Some people just cant take a joke.



  16. nick
    4:19 pm April 26, 2013 Permalink

    Some people just cant tell a joke.