Kentucky continues to receive love from Pro Football Focus.
After highlighting how Kentucky is set to return the two highest graded offensive tackles in the SEC, PFF is moving to the opposite side of the field to show some praise. The media outlet has ranked Jamar “Boogie” Watson as the third highest-graded returning edge rusher among all Power 5 schools.
Top returning Power 5 edge defenders in pass-rushing grade:
1. Chris Rumph II, Duke
2. Jacub Panasiuk, MSU
3. Jamar Watson, Kentucky
4. Wyatt Hubert, Kansas St
5. Malik Herrin, Georgia
6. Jayson Oweh, Penn State
7. Victor Dimukeje, Duke
8. Marcus Valdez, Boston College pic.twitter.com/4rQI8fHnvV
— PFF College (@PFF_College) May 15, 2020
Let’s see we have 2 top o.lineman in the top 3 top tackles in SEC so that means top o.lineman in the country and now @JamarW31 top 3 edge rusher in the country. Wow at Kentucky. Go Big Blue. https://t.co/OKcFJLt5x7
— CoachMarrowUK (@vincemarrow) May 15, 2020
Watson, a former three-star recruit, is coming off an impressive junior season as a Wildcat that saw him record 36 tackles and a team-high 11.5 tackles for loss while starting in 11 of Kentucky’s 13 games. His 6.5 total sacks were second-most on the team behind Calvin Taylor Jr. and Watson was named a third-team linebacker by PFF in 2019.
PFF has already recognized Darrian Kinnard, Landon Young, and Max Duffy as some of the nation’s best returning players. Watson joining them is another step in Kentucky football gaining the legitimacy they’ve been building for years now.