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Backhanded compliment from Todd McShay?


Avery Williamson gave Kentucky football a bit of positive publicity today when he was drafted in the 5th round by the Tennessee Titans. NFL draft guru (Do those even count anymore after the abysmal projections from this year?) Todd McShay gave Kentucky a bit of a backhanded compliment when talking about the success of the former Wildcat linebackers in the league.

“Kentucky linebackers transfer pretty well to the NFL. They make a million tackles in college.”

Well, thanks? Kind of.


Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

15 Comments for Backhanded compliment from Todd McShay?

  1. Hard to Complain
    8:02 pm May 10, 2014 Permalink

    I’d like to be able to get upset about it but unfortunately he speaks the troof.

  2. jus sayin
    8:05 pm May 10, 2014 Permalink

    It’s not backhanded. It’s a fact. The defensive players at UK get a lot of reps.

    • Luther
      10:48 pm May 10, 2014 Permalink

      Right! Especially the linebackers…

  3. BNClay
    8:08 pm May 10, 2014 Permalink

    Let’s see, the offense goes 3 and out ALOT, Defense can’t get off the field on third down and get’s it crammed down their throat for 80+ yard drives frequently. Defense line can’t get in the back field and disrupt the run. Sounds like a sure fire way for your best linebackers to lead the league in tackles.

  4. Ron Steele
    8:14 pm May 10, 2014 Permalink

    Poor Todd, he can’t find productive employment anywhere, so he becomes a draft guru……..

    Ron Steele

  5. True
    8:21 pm May 10, 2014 Permalink

    Haha sad but true. The screens on third and long are killin me

  6. Rei
    8:22 pm May 10, 2014 Permalink

    At least our players actually play in the league I guess.

  7. Andrew
    9:01 pm May 10, 2014 Permalink

    He’s not wrong… His job is kind of to say stuff like that. I don’t like it, but it is what it is.

  8. Kevin C.
    11:16 pm May 10, 2014 Permalink

    How is it backhanded, when it’s (exaggerated) truth? Hell, if anything, it’s a testament to their durability and consistency, when their offense constantly goes 3-&-out.

  9. Musehobo
    12:13 am May 11, 2014 Permalink

    It’s backhanded. It’s true. BUT. Ask any NFL player, our guys are not just MAKING teams, they’re also getting significant playing time, and many are starting. You can’t get that kind of PT from inflated defensive numbers, you have to be able to actually perform. Ask Denver what they think about our defensive players.

  10. CatFan
    2:05 am May 11, 2014 Permalink

    Truth is, he actually gave respect to the Cats LBs. He said they got a lot of tackles which most scouts overlooked due to the “scheme” they ran, but it translated well to the pros to the coaching that they received. “Why not” respect your team

  11. beavis
    7:31 am May 11, 2014 Permalink

    Still better than having one of your D backs as the leading tackler.

  12. CATandMONKEY
    7:46 am May 11, 2014 Permalink

    A compliment to our linebackers and a not-too-subtle, well deserved jab at our defensive…ahem, line.

  13. Or Else
    3:32 pm May 11, 2014 Permalink

    In other words, if you can endure a full career as a football player at Kentucky, you must REALLY love to play football (even when you lose constantly), and you must be VERY durable.

    True enough.

  14. Common Sense
    4:32 pm May 11, 2014 Permalink

    Ally Tucker. What is the point of this “article”? He made a statement that is clearly fact. Why are you wasting time and space griping about it…