It took some time, but Kentucky’s defensive line has found its star.
Calvin Taylor Jr. has transformed into one of the nation’s top interior defensive linemen. Entering the bye week the senior has 22 pressures, the second-most by an interior defender in all of FBS. Last Saturday those pressures added up to a sack.
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Taylor finished the game with a career-high seven tackles and he forced a fumble. He’s up to 16 tackles, 3 for loss, and 2 sacks on the season. He would have a few more if he found more ways to finish in the early part of the season.
“I’m putting all my training together, really just executing,” Taylor told KSR. “Start of the year in my first game, I really wasn’t satisfied with how I played. Getting back to the drawing board and I really feel like things are starting to come together.”
Josh Allen performed pass rushing art on the field. If the rest of the defensive line did not provide push, he could still make a play. This year the line must pressure as one, remaining disciplined in rush lanes until one can break free. Grasping that concept took some time and let too many quarterbacks run free.
“I think we’ve been rushing well. We left a lot of people off the hook. We’ve missed a lot of sacks, myself included,” Taylor told KSR.
Taylor did not miss when the Cats dialed-up a stunt on a third and long in Columbia. Let Taylor explain to you how the play unfolded and why he was able to get to the quarterback unscathed.