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Larry Warford recognized as top SEC player

The offensive line was gutted last season, with four starters exiting the program, including three big boys on the inside. Center Matt Smith and guard Larry Warford are the only returning starters and will have a weight of responsibility for carrying the load up front and easing the new guys into a routine. Warford has already been recognized by being named to pre-season award watch lists and picked by coaches around the league to be a star.

Now Athlon Sports has handed out a high honor, naming Warford a top player in the SEC, and the fifth-best offensive lineman in the conference. The players were judged on 2012 projected performance, importance to the team, positional importance, NFL Draft stock and overall career performance. It’s no surprise Warford was thought of highly by Athlon.

22. Larry Warford, OG, Kentucky
Warford is probably one of the nation’s most underrated players. He enters 2012 with 25 consecutive starts and has earned All-SEC honors in each of the last two seasons. At 6-foot-3 and 343 pounds, Warford has the size and strength to be a road grader on the ground, while helping to keep opposing linemen off the quarterback. The senior is an Athlon Sports first-team All-SEC selection for 2012.

The running back committee is poised to have a big year, the quarterback competition is looking to breed healthy progress, and the wide receivers are young and ready for a breakout year. If Warford, along with fellow senior Matt Smith can anchor a strong line, the Cats offense will be looking much stronger than it did a year ago. The only way to go is up!

Article written by Stuart Hammer

B.S. Broadcast Journalism from the University of Kentucky. @StuartHammerKSR

11 Comments for Larry Warford recognized as top SEC player

  1. shorthop69
    4:11 pm August 9, 2012 Permalink

    Throw it deep, Joker!

  2. Maxwell
    4:40 pm August 9, 2012 Permalink

    I live in Columbia, SC and all I’ve heard on the local (and even the national) radio today is the rumor that UK is interested in Petrino. Very interesting.

  3. hot dog
    5:24 pm August 9, 2012 Permalink

    Soooooooo, UK has “one of the best in the SEC” and he’s not a ‘skill player.’ Isn’t that just like Joker – UK gets recognized for ONE offensive lineman. Well, maybe the next coach will do a little better. Later, Joker.

  4. Common Sense
    5:42 pm August 9, 2012 Permalink

    Let Joker coach.

  5. barn
    5:47 pm August 9, 2012 Permalink

    4–you gonna teach him how?

  6. Common Sense
    5:51 pm August 9, 2012 Permalink

    He already knows how, the fans are the problem.

  7. wakecat
    6:02 pm August 9, 2012 Permalink

    5 players make up the O-Line (Lt, LG, C, RG, RT). Per your first sentence four starters exited the program. Then, in your second sentence you have two starters returning.
    Please explain your math. Is this in the same realm as Demarco Robinson having “SEC size”?

  8. barn
    6:12 pm August 9, 2012 Permalink

    6–haha. fans like you are laughable. i, nor any other UK fans i know had anything to do with those 7 losses last year. tell me what you think fans should do to improve our W column?

  9. ebell55
    6:15 pm August 9, 2012 Permalink

    I’m ready to see the big fella pancake some cards!!!

  10. Stuart Hammer
    11:57 pm August 9, 2012 Permalink

    7 – You forgot tight ends.

  11. UKSanders
    10:18 pm August 10, 2012 Permalink


    TE is considered a skill position not a linemen.