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The future of the UK defensive line

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Photo via Jeff Drummond

From left to right, Za’Darius Smith, Cory Johnson, Mark Stoops, Regie Meant, and Denzel Ware.

The future looks bright.

Article written by Stuart Hammer

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

38 Comments for The future of the UK defensive line



  1. Taylor
    10:22 pm July 20, 2013 Permalink

    Cats.



  2. OneAndDone
    10:23 pm July 20, 2013 Permalink

    Holy $#!+



  3. lesigh
    10:39 pm July 20, 2013 Permalink

    I am very excited about the STOOPS effect!



  4. hangin#9
    10:43 pm July 20, 2013 Permalink

    Z is a behemoth of a man.. Denzel is a good size de but Z dwarfs him



  5. Hal
    10:44 pm July 20, 2013 Permalink

    cats ’14 class (as is right now) would rank 18th last year, 12th in ’12, 12th in ’11, and 11th in ’10 according to rivals. incredible



  6. Gang Member
    10:51 pm July 20, 2013 Permalink

    The guy second to the right was Old Dog from Menace To Society.



  7. Brad
    10:54 pm July 20, 2013 Permalink

    Wow! Za’Darius Smith looks like a beast of a man.



  8. The Brow
    11:10 pm July 20, 2013 Permalink

    13) You must not be on twitter.



  9. Marvb
    11:26 pm July 20, 2013 Permalink

    Looks like a bad ass front four. No wonder there are mostly trolls on the sight. Fear our future, especially U of L and IU trolls. Maybe all kinds of trolls as Tough as this front four looks. SEC rules! Proove me wrong.



  10. snarkster
    11:26 pm July 20, 2013 Permalink

    Cory Johnson is supposed to out-weigh Za’Darius Smith by over 40 lbs. – not in that picture.



  11. cb123
    11:26 pm July 20, 2013 Permalink

    you have to love internet tough guys. smdh



  12. Marvb
    11:27 pm July 20, 2013 Permalink

    We comin to get you too Tennessee !! Bark!



  13. Jake the Snake
    11:36 pm July 20, 2013 Permalink

    Wait, which one is Stoops?



  14. Holy Crap
    11:42 pm July 20, 2013 Permalink

    ZaDarious looks like a full on beast there. He looks bigger than most of the other guys in that picture. Looks like Clowney from SC got some competition!!



  15. MadTex
    11:59 pm July 20, 2013 Permalink

    UK boosters are sure shelling out the $$$ for these high school players!!!!!



  16. SeaCat
    12:51 am July 21, 2013 Permalink

    Did Stoops play:
    College football
    High School football
    Junior High football?
    Pro football…



  17. Wes
    1:10 am July 21, 2013 Permalink

    The future looks big…..



  18. FeedMeSeymour
    1:13 am July 21, 2013 Permalink

    Z looks so damn big!! I hope he flat out dominates this year.



  19. TDog
    2:15 am July 21, 2013 Permalink

    Quote me on it. Z will be put in jail before the end of season for assaulting QBs off of the line.



  20. Jeffrey
    3:22 am July 21, 2013 Permalink

    Woah, Stoops is going to be in our D line too?!?!?!?!?!?! LMFAO JK



  21. jpgott2
    4:17 am July 21, 2013 Permalink

    Ohhhh…Myyyy!!!! Z scares the crap out of me, and I love every bit of it! The is more than a man….Straight BEAST!!!!



  22. robuk
    4:43 am July 21, 2013 Permalink

    I hope they are fast because they sure look small. Z looks pretty good. Go Cats!!



  23. timer
    6:28 am July 21, 2013 Permalink

    Thank you Coach Stoops.



  24. NotSatire
    7:24 am July 21, 2013 Permalink

    SEC backs are going to catch some Z’s.



  25. hes
    7:47 am July 21, 2013 Permalink

    didnt stoops play in that tv show about “little people”?



  26. Wild Blue
    7:50 am July 21, 2013 Permalink

    Z has speed to go along with the massive size. Can’t wait to see him flatten some SEC QB’s.



  27. Gotta say it
    8:23 am July 21, 2013 Permalink

    I’m happy to say the future looks dark…and big. Damn those guys are huge. I couldn’t be happier with Stoops & Co.



  28. Jeff J
    9:39 am July 21, 2013 Permalink

    To those questioning Denzel’s size. Remember hes still in HIGH SCHOOL. Hes got another year to put on weight and fill out before he even steps on UK’s campus. The future of UK football is looking very good! GO CATS!



  29. dWade
    10:08 am July 21, 2013 Permalink

    Now we need depth…but thank God this is an imposing group !



  30. dWade
    10:14 am July 21, 2013 Permalink

    You’d think Stoops is about 6 ft. He was a defensive back at Iowa.



  31. Jeff
    10:22 am July 21, 2013 Permalink

    That Clowney fellow at SC, doesn’t look like he has anything on Z



  32. kelkat
    10:47 am July 21, 2013 Permalink

    How tall is Stoops? I thought he was at least 6′ tall…those guys look like giants next to him.



  33. Sunny
    11:00 am July 21, 2013 Permalink

    Denzel has a bad wheel?



  34. Chris
    11:13 am July 21, 2013 Permalink

    @33 that’s Regie Meant with the boot on, also…Holy crap. I’ve never seen a line remotely close to this at UK, and I’ve been going to games since I was 3. Hopefully Za’Darius is a good motivator, he could really push some of these guys to get to his status. He’s an absolute monster.



  35. Bobbum man
    11:41 am July 21, 2013 Permalink

    31- except that he’s a 270lber that ran a 4.46, Z has some speed but not like that, clowney is a freak athlete



  36. 1.21 Giggawatts
    12:23 pm July 21, 2013 Permalink

    I have never seen a “SEC Caliber” Defensive Line at Kentucky.

    Stoops is the man.



  37. mudcreekmark
    1:08 pm July 21, 2013 Permalink

    14)Clowney has no competition,period. Not saying that to be negative against Z but Clowney may be the best defensive player ever to come out of the SEC or any other conference for that matter. He could have been starting in the NFL after his freshmen year. Not fair to compare anyone against that freak of nature.



  38. Hoover
    4:04 pm July 21, 2013 Permalink

    Zdiculous