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How Do Kentucky’s Players Stack Up To The SEC’s Best?

This is a man who tackled Teddy Bridgewater, and they still don’t think he’s a Top 10 linebacker??


Saturday Down South posted their predictions on the SEC’s Top 10 players by position, and 3 Wildcats were thought to be in the mix as the best of the conference. I am deeply upset that Avery Williamson was nowhere to be found in the Top 10 linebackers in the conference, despite being 2nd in the conference in tackles last season. It always feels like UK’s linebackers haven’t gotten their respect until they’ve reached the Denver Broncos, they’ve got it figured out.


3. Jalen Whitlow, Kentucky (SO) (Projecting Max Smith to start)

Kentucky sits in an interesting situation. They have a logical passing quarterback in Max Smith who can wing it 40 times per game, but Jalen Whitlow may give them the best chance to win now, because he’s more mobile. Anyway, I’m giving Smith the edge here, but Whitlow can and will make things happen in 2013


Unfortunately, Whitlow’s rating came in “Top Backup QB’s” however he was in a category entitled “Ready to Start”. Whitlow’s mobility would be another wrinkle in an offense that Neal Brown has said would be more run-heavy then usual this year. Ultimately Coach Brown will have to pick the QB that gives the offense the best chance to gain yards with their arm, and I think they’re confident enough in the running backs to find the guy to make the best throws.


3. Alvin ‘Bud’ Dupree, Kentucky

Bud Dupree can play linebacker or defensive end, but Mark Stoops moved Dupree back to end. At 6-4, 250 pounds, Dupree is a big-time athletic specimen few know about. He totaled 91 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 quarterback sacks as a sophomore, and he should turn in a better year under Stoops


Bud came in at #3 in the DE group which is very impressive considering the talent that position has seen in the conference, but that prediction shouldn’t be that far off. Bud is a very versatile DE to put alongside Za’Darius Smith, and I expect that both of them would be on the list by the end of the season. This is one position the UK staff won’t have to worry about.


6. Donte Rumph, Kentucky

Donte Rumph leads the Cats at tackle. In fact, the Kentucky D-line may be underrated with Alvin Dupree, Za’Darius Smith and Mister Cobble joining Rumph. Rumph has started 18 games and played in 34, and he registered six tackles for loss and four sacks last season.


Donte was thought of as the 6th best DT’s in the conference, and with more time on the field in the 4-3 defense an increase in those stats will be expected. His journey to get to UK was long, and getting here, and now playing at the level he is it’s made him a fan favorite.


14. Mark Stoops, Kentucky

Overall record: 0-0
Buzz: Mark Stoops has already made his mark on this league, because he’s penetrating the fertile state of Ohio and bringing SEC-caliber players to Lexington. However, things will get real for the first-time head coach. But coming from Florida State, he knows how to recruit and how to develop a defense. And he has OC Neal Brown to put together an explosive offense. The question isn’t whether Mark Stoops will have success at Kentucky, but rather how long Stoops will stick around Kentucky.


Stoops is the new guy, this was probably to be expected but he has proven himself a great defensive coach over the years and I don’t suspect he’ll be on the end of any rankings for very long. He hired a great, young staff that is as energized as he is about getting the program off the ground, but until the games are played there’s always uncertainty.

Article written by Will Totten

Born in Indiana and raised in Louisville, I am the unlikeliest UK fan.

16 Comments for How Do Kentucky’s Players Stack Up To The SEC’s Best?

  1. BigBlueLush
    6:38 pm August 10, 2013 Permalink

    our d line is gonna pound Bridgewater this year like we pounded Ragone back in the day. We are gonna surprise everyone and BEAT LOUISVILLE. Chumps.

  2. Uhm?
    6:39 pm August 10, 2013 Permalink

    Because tackling Teddy makes you worthy of any honor? So those FCS teams that play UofL and some scrub tackles Teddy after 20 yards, that player is then worthy of SEC top 10?

    You and Roush suck so bad.

  3. I am not shocked
    6:45 pm August 10, 2013 Permalink

    Gentlemen: Obviously you weren’t watching both sides of the field to see what went on.
    You missed several skills players that burned it up!

  4. Jim 1
    7:00 pm August 10, 2013 Permalink

    Time and time again you ask KSR writers, please let the coaches pick the qb. If UK’s qbs. don’t show vast improvement over last season we are in for a world of hurt.

    Neal Brown is a master on offence and he will make the right qb choice.

  5. Joanne
    7:11 pm August 10, 2013 Permalink

    All you all are greasy Italians
    Ain’t no way loserville beat us, hell no

  6. Catlogic15
    7:25 pm August 10, 2013 Permalink

    Anyone who continues to spell it “offence”, should sue their public school system for ineptness.

  7. #sticktobasketball
    7:29 pm August 10, 2013 Permalink

    Congrats on having your starter be the 3rd best backup qb in the SEC. Very impressive!

  8. Tobefair
    8:11 pm August 10, 2013 Permalink

    A player from uk leading the sec in tackles just shows how little our offense is normally on the field

  9. Brandon Metts
    8:52 pm August 10, 2013 Permalink

    “penetrating the fertile state of Ohio” Hee hee.

  10. Charlie Strong
    9:53 pm August 10, 2013 Permalink

    You know who has plenty of experience penetrating fertile fields? Those 4 Vandy players, and that’s one core value i can stand up and salute! I might have taken a gun-toting gang banger, but at least I don’t take rapists.

  11. Trailer Trash
    7:57 am August 11, 2013 Permalink

    2-10 clowns

  12. RonH54
    8:02 am August 11, 2013 Permalink

    “The question isn’t whether Mark Stoops will have success at Kentucky, but rather how long Stoops will stick around Kentucky” Interesting comment.

  13. Heisenberg
    11:32 am August 11, 2013 Permalink

    12. I tend not to pay any mind when people say things like that; media, civilian, or otherwise. Call me a hopelessly optimistic fan, but I really get the feeling that Stoops wants to make Kentucky football his baby; his mark on the college football world. This is his first head coaching gig, at 46 years old. From everything that was said on here during his hiring process, to the way he has taken the program by the horns, and done everything right to change the perception of Kentucky football, without having played a game yet, Stoops seems to be sending a message that he wants to be here as long as BBN will have him here. Time will tell if this is true or not.

    TL:DR – Pay no mind to the naysayers. It’s gonna be a fun ride folks.

  14. Jim 1
    2:25 pm August 11, 2013 Permalink

    #6- offense/offence. Go to Merriam-Webster Online. Same meaning spelled either way. Time to go back to school.

  15. Linda Taylor
    4:56 pm August 11, 2013 Permalink

    13 – I agree completely. Add to that the fact that UK is the SEC school closest in proximity to his hometown and I really do believe we will be able to keep him. Mitch will probably have to open up the purse strings but I believe he will be more than willing to do that if Stoops delivers what we are all hoping he will be able to deliver.

  16. Truth
    5:35 pm August 11, 2013 Permalink

    #12 – If he’s successful at UK and makes us a contender, unless he either wants to go Pro or retire, why would he leave? With UK’s history of athletics dept. blunders, I can’t see a repeat of 1953.