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ESPN: Defensive line now a strength for the Cats

Clay Jackson/clay@amnews.comKentucky Wildcats linebacker Alvin Dupree (2)


Tired of all the positive press surrounding the football program? Yeah, neither am I. Which is a good thing, because SEC blogger Edward Aschoff has some stuff on the latest comings and goings at Nutter. While Aschoff is quick to point out that Stoops has an uphill battle ahead of him from a talent standpoint up and down the roster, he sees encouraging signs in the form of the defensive line. I’ll allow him to elaborate:


One area of the Wildcats’ team that (Stoops) doesn’t have to worry too much over is the defensive line. What was once a group of underachievers entered the spring as Kentucky’s strength, with a hunk of experience returning.

The Wildcats will miss ends Collins Ukwu and Taylor Wyndham, but rising junior Alvin Dupree, who has really impressed Stoops and the staff so far, is working out at end more this spring, and junior college transfer Za’Darius Smith is expected to make an immediate impact at the other end spot.

Add that rising senior tackles Donte Rumph, Tristian Johnson and Mister Cobble are back, and the Wildcats will have a pretty talented defensive front to work with this fall. And in this league, you can never have too many bodies along that defensive line.

“You have to be good up front in this league, and I feel like we have a foundation there with those guys,” Stoops said.


The whole post is a worth a read, and you should give it a click if you’ve got the time. But the main takeaway is that in the conference where defensive lines rule the day, the Cats have the pieces necessary for a successful season in the trenches. And just think, Stoops has barely even had a chance to work his magic on them yet.


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Article written by Andrew McCarthy

8 Comments for ESPN: Defensive line now a strength for the Cats

  1. Tej
    2:48 pm March 24, 2013 Permalink

    We all know defense wins games in the SEC and we have been at or near the bottom of the league for a long time on that side of the ball. I hope this is the beginning of a turnaround for us. I don’t expect a miracle this year but certainly a big improvement.

  2. WKU
    2:57 pm March 24, 2013 Permalink

    Beat a Sun Belt team and we will talk.

    3:28 pm March 24, 2013 Permalink

    Got to stay healthy, knock on wood. And we should be pretty tough. It has been a couple of years since we’ve had this kind of talent, depth, and experience on the DLine. Along with the 5 mentioned above we have depth with: Huguenin (DE), Bell (DE), Hatcher (DE), Chapman (DT), Graffree (DT, who has looked like an absolute beast with a very high motor in those spring videos), CHapman (DT), and Coleman (DT).

    Regie Meant will be a project. and This JUCO Melvin Lewis could be a MONSTER next year. and lets not forget about everybody’s new fan favorite … Slower than the speed of smell, but stronger than an ox = Jacob Hyde!

  4. Linda Taylor
    3:29 pm March 24, 2013 Permalink

    I am really looking forward to April 13th to see a better conditioned team and the new offensive and defensive schemes on the field. It will take time to build a team that competes in the SEC but the new coaching staff is going to get the most they can out of the talent they currently have while bringing in better talent for the future. The program is heading in the right direction.

  5. FloZell
    3:54 pm March 24, 2013 Permalink

    WKU 35 uk 6

  6. GP
    6:01 pm March 24, 2013 Permalink

    5) Lol. Okay.

  7. mashburnfan1
    8:04 pm March 24, 2013 Permalink

    5] how much u willing to bet on that….u name the amount

  8. big O
    9:08 pm March 24, 2013 Permalink

    Yeah! And I am Santa Claus!!