As we move towards the big game on Saturday, most of my focus is on the front seven on Defense. If Kentucky is going to give the Cards the beat down that they deserve, they must get solid play from the Defensive Line and Linebackers. And in order for that to happen, a lot of pressure is on the Defensive Captain, Dequin Evans. Kentucky is starting a walk-on on the line and has a number of players that will be seeing their first majority action since arriving in Lexington. But they do have one future NFL prospect in Evans. For Kentucky to be able to stop a struggling offense early and prevent them from getting confidence as the game progresses, Evans must get in the backfield and pressure Adam Froman.
Evans knows this fact and accepts it. At Media Day he told me, “I know the pressure is on me, but I am ready. I have worked a long time for this year.” With the inexperience across the board and the worry about being able to stop the run, Evans is the anchor for a group that is the most unknown on the team. He has only been at UK for a short time, but his leadership ability has caused his teammates to follow him for his on and off field abilities. But now the time has come to take over for some of the Senior leaders lost last year and become the rock of the defense for the entire season. That starts Saturday and when the game is over and we evaluate how Kentucky performed, my guess is that it will correlate strongly with how Evans plays. A good day for Dequin will be a good day for Kentucky. Lets get it done.