With so much turnover of Kentucky’s linebacker position there has to be a couple of players who play above expectations to sustain production in 2012. One of those players is Avery Williamson. Williamson, who appeared in 25 games in his first two years at Kentucky, will take over at the middle linebacker spot for the departed Ronnie Sneed. Williamson has the most experience of the corps and will be counted on to be one of the leading tacklers. Along with Williamson, there is sophomore outside linebacker, Alvin Dupree, who will also be asked to step up his performance as well. Because of his size, speed, athleticism, and upside, Athlon Sports ranks Dupree as one of the SEC Breakout Players of 2012 and thinks he could be a household name by season’s end. Here’s what they had to say about Dupree:
With Danny Trevathan moving onto the NFL, the Wildcats are searching for a new leader in the linebacking corps. As a true freshman last year, Dupree played in all 12 games and recorded 21 stops. At 6-foot-4 and 249 pounds, the sophomore has the size and strength to hold up against the run, while remaining a threat to get after the passer. Dupree is slated to play in Kentucky’s hybrid end/linebacker role, which should allow him to thrive in only his second season of college ball.
Dupree is a special talent that can play a host of positions on the field. Originally recruited as a tight end, Dupree’s position of rush-end linebacker allows him to use his size and speed off the edge of the defense to disrupt the opposing offense’s rhythm. With a full year as a starter, Dupree should take a step forward on his way to being an anchor on the Cats’ defense for the next couple of years.