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Drake Jackson Destroyed Tennessee

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The Big Blue Wall gets more hype than most college football offensive lines. Even so, it’s difficult to truly shine a spotlight on offensive line play without stats that fill up box scores.

In lieu of stats, this week we have pancakes. Lots of pancakes.

Graded as the top center in all of college football last week by Pro Football Focus, Drake Jackson consistently created running lanes by getting to the second level of the defense and putting a big body on Tennessee linebackers. If you have ever heard the phrase, “play till the whistle blows,” that’s exactly what the Central Kentucky kid did against the Vols.

On one instance, he blocked the defender eight yards down the field. He lost his footing right as the whistle sounded. When the Vol tried to have the last word, Drake gave him the double birds. It’s beautiful.

Drake’s best block of the day actually counted against him. He threw one Volunteer to the ground so forcefully, the referee assumed Jackson committed a penalty. When you look closer, you’ll see there’s no hold. Drake Jackson simply slammed his man into the ground on the third down twist. It was the only time UK was flagged on Saturday.

That play isn’t too different than what Drake did to a Mississippi State defensive lineman the week prior at Kroger Field. Instead of picking him up and slamming him, Jackson just threw down a ferocious right hook that sent the Bulldog to the turf.

Drake Jackson is one of the best centers in America. Enjoy all of the tactical, physical domination in the trenches for seven more weeks.

P.S. Drake wasn’t the only guy crushing Tennessee Volunteers on Saturday.


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

8 Comments for Drake Jackson Destroyed Tennessee

  1. UKinIN
    4:27 pm October 20, 2020 Permalink

    It’s amazing how success in football leads to success in football. A great offensive line leads to being able to recruit great offensive lineman. Also explains why UK hasn’t been able to recruit great QBs.

    • bigbluebg
      9:05 pm October 20, 2020 Permalink

      Joey Gatewood is a top 50 player in his class. Beau Allen will be very good.

      Terry won 10 games…college isn’t all about passing yards. More passing would be nice…winning is fine tho

  2. Wade
    5:16 pm October 20, 2020 Permalink

    The Kentucky guys on the line are some fn ballers. Proud of them and Love watching those guys play.

  3. csnailnrun
    5:32 pm October 20, 2020 Permalink

    Peaks are only as good as their foundations.

  4. UKFaninCO
    6:46 pm October 20, 2020 Permalink

    Manly, very manly! Killing it 52!

  5. 2andToodleLoo
    7:56 pm October 20, 2020 Permalink

    Thank you for highlighting theses plays. Difficult to see during a game.

  6. slam212121
    8:15 pm October 20, 2020 Permalink

    Sheer nastiness. That’s what makes the trenches fun to watch. #52!

  7. bbn606
    8:50 am October 21, 2020 Permalink

    I was wondering what happened to Too’Too in the second half. Now I know. It’s hard to tackle on your back.