The Courier-Journal has been running positional series on the Kentucky football team this summer and the most recent one is a peek at the linebackers and their leader, Ronnie Sneed, who Joker Phillips calls “a married guy”. From the article:
The senior linebacker from Tallahassee, Fla., said he “technically” isn’t married but laughed off Phillips’ comment, noting “I’m probably the closest thing.”
“A lot of the guys call me the old man,” Sneed said. “It’s good. They all like to joke around with me, calling me the married guy. I am the guy on Saturday night – when they are all out, I am home with the family.”
Sneed has a one-year-old son named Kade and lives with his longtime girlfriend. The increased responsibility at home has helped the fifth-year senior, who graduated last May, assert himself as a leader on the field, where he handles the reins of the defense as the starting middle linebacker. Although he’s surrounded by more highly touted teammates in Winston Guy and Danny Trevathan, Sneed may be the most important player on the field. Joker Phillips acknowledged the importance of Sneed, especially his ability to make calls and reads on the fly, by pointing out the amount of respect he holds amongst his teammates.
Like his running mate, Trevathan, Sneed is a former two-star recruit out of Florida who could make some serious noise in a, hopefully, much improved UK defense.