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Warford, Hines one of the best pairs in the SEC


Chris Low of ESPN’s college football blog took to the task of ranking the top ten duos in the Southeastern Conference, with a pair of Kentucky’s experienced offensive linemen making the list. Guards Larry Warford and Stuart Hines ranked as the tenth-best duo in the conference, and were the only pair of offensive linemen featured in the ranking. The conventional wisdom is that Kentucky’s offensive line will be the team’s greatest strength, and Low agrees:

10. OG Larry Warford and OG Stuart Hines, Kentucky: The Wildcats enter the 2011 season with four starters back on the offensive line, a group that should be the strength of the team. One of the reasons why is the Warford-Hines combo at guard. They’re road-graders in the run game, but equally good in pass protection.

It’s not an understatement to say that for any success this year’s UK team has, the offensive line will be the foundation. If the unit plays well, Morgan Newton and the other relatively inexperienced skill position players will have a much easier time adjusting to their roles and offensive success is a lot more likely. If it plays poorly things will be much different, and not in a good way. I think it will play well, and Warford and Hines are the main reasons why.

In slightly related news, Low created this ranking in the spirit of the release of the preseason watch list for the Pony Express Award, which will attempt to fill a void not occupied by the other 643 college football awards by recognizing the best two- or three-person tandem in college football. UK linebackers Danny Trevathan and Ronnie Sneed were named to the watch list earlier this week, but you already knew that because the same list was released in June and we posted it then. Apparently they felt like you needed a reminder, so there you go.

As you were.

Article written by Hunter Campbell

I used to write here.

13 Comments for Warford, Hines one of the best pairs in the SEC

  1. ummm
    6:40 pm August 18, 2011 Permalink


  2. drewsster02
    6:44 pm August 18, 2011 Permalink

    I’m glad we have a strong line this year. But it’s unfortunate how talent level at the different positions fluctuate from year to year. It seems like when we have a good line, we have inexperienced skill positions (like this year). When we have good skill positions, we have an inexperienced line. There have also been years when we’ve a great offense but a not-so-great defense and vice versa.

  3. The Truth
    6:46 pm August 18, 2011 Permalink

    They will be the best players on the worst team in the SEC.

  4. tony_00_delk
    6:47 pm August 18, 2011 Permalink

    Id look at that list again…. #8 are also O-lineman

  5. Pick Ratino
    6:56 pm August 18, 2011 Permalink

    I used to have one of the best pairs in the SEC. No, though, I’m in the Big East, and my pair has become shriveled stained by bad clam sauce.

  6. babydangy
    6:56 pm August 18, 2011 Permalink

    Alabama also had a pair of offensive lineman on the list.

  7. catnuts
    7:03 pm August 18, 2011 Permalink

    It all starts up front. If our linemen can open some holes and we can establish our run it will take the pressure off Newton. I don’t want to get to where we have to try and throw every down. I don’t have much faith at this point in our passing game.

    7:44 pm August 18, 2011 Permalink

    Never see comments, site blowes.

  9. test
    7:50 pm August 18, 2011 Permalink


  10. bigbluedude
    7:56 pm August 18, 2011 Permalink

    our lineman ALWAYS look fat, unathletic, and slow. hope they are better

  11. Cale Barr
    1:40 am August 19, 2011 Permalink

    One for the future. Safeties Glen Faulkner and Ashley Lowery and RB’s Josh Clemons and Marcus Caffey.

  12. Cale Barr
    1:42 am August 19, 2011 Permalink

    I’m guessing this award is named after Erik Dickerson and Craig James who played for SMU back in the day before they got the death penalty.

  13. UKfanNKY
    9:42 am August 19, 2011 Permalink