Tired of all the positive press surrounding the football program? Yeah, neither am I. Which is a good thing, because ESPN.com 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.
Is is August yet?