Help is on the way, but right now, Kentucky is one of the least talented teams in the SEC. However, there are a few exceptions. ESPN’s SEC blog ranked Donte Rumph as the league’s fourth best defensive tackle, and Bud Dupree the league’s third best defensive end. Check it out:
4. Donte Rumph, Sr., Kentucky: He’s been a steady player for the Wildcats over the years and with players around him getting better, he should be able to have even more freedom up front. He only had six tackles for loss last year, but posted four sacks. He can be very disruptive in both the run and pass game and with help from new coach Mark Stoops, he should really excel in his final year with the Wildcats.
3. Alvin “Bud” Dupree, Jr., Kentucky: He’s moving from outside linebacker, but Dupree has been one of the best pass-rushers in the league the past two years. He has nine sacks in two years and had 12.5 tackles for loss last year. Dupree has exceptional speed off the edge and should be even more dangerous with his hand in the ground this fall.
Rumph injured his shoulder during spring practice, but is expected to be fully recovered for fall camp. We’ll certainly need him.