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Expect to see new faces on the defensive line this week


Matt Elam should never have to play 70-80 snaps in a football game. With the beating he takes on the line, and with all of that weight he has to move around, that is about 20-30 snaps too many. It is too many for anyone to play, really. Courtney Love’s 95? Way too many.

Mark Stoops knows that, and on today’s SEC teleconference, he said, “We played 95 snaps this past week, we played our starters too many snaps… Hopefully we won’t have 95 snaps again but you never know.”

Stoops then suggested Naquez Pringle, T.J. Carter, Tymere Dubose and linebacker DeNiro Laster could see an increased role this week in relief of starters who played too much against Southern Miss.

Pringle is Elam’s backup at nose tackle and he can really be helpful in the rotation, if he were to step up and do it. Carter is a true freshman who was impressive in camp on the end, while Dubose is a guy who has been around awhile but is coming off a knee injury. All three of those guys have an opportunity to improve what was a pretty disappointing D-line in Week 1, and it sounds like they will be called upon to do so.

“We do have to continue to bring some guys along,” Stoops said.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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17 Comments for Expect to see new faces on the defensive line this week

  1. W1ldCats4Life
    2:17 pm September 7, 2016 Permalink

    How is it after 4yrs on the job we only have 1 nose tackle that is capable of playing? You’re supposed to put each position on a 2 year rotation for recruitment….this gives 1 season to build up under the starter while they’re freshmen then play significant roles as a soph. it goes without saying UK shouldn’t have given up 95snaps…but it also says coaches broke down somewhere keeping up with substitutions to rest guys. The 2nd half collapse wasn’t all on the players.

    • @GoCayts
      3:09 pm September 7, 2016 Permalink

      this is part of the disorganization that is really frustrating … Love and Elam were in there almost the entire game … Jones, too … they just kept running at us and you have to take a time out and/or sub the guys, I mean, come on

      to your first point, though, we’ve recruited D linemen, but had a lot of attrition there

      2013 class – Hatcher, Meant gone
      2014 – Tubman gone
      2015 – Provitt – CC?

      we’ve also recruited some JUCO guys to plug holes along the way, guys that have come and gone – Za’Darius Smith, Melvin Lewis, Cory Johnson

    • W1ldCats4Life
      4:07 pm September 7, 2016 Permalink

      So the attrition happened….why did we not immediately go after the best big guys in the country and offer then immediate playing time in the SEC???? Maybe being a feeble minded fan as many say I’m not capable of understanding what it takes and why these things weren’t resolved thus far. I guess you have to go with what you can get….but having 10+ DBs on the roster seems unnecessary when we need DL in a much worse way. Maybe I’m looking at it wrong, but I’d rather stop the run…or hell just control it….and let my DBs learn and do their job as they grow.

      Even Hal Mumme knew his offense better score 50+ cause his D couldn’t stop sh!t. The offense completely going into hiding the 2nd half probably plays more into why Elam, Love, & Jones ended up playing so many [email protected] snaps than oversight of coaching.

      Bottom line, as ever sports reporter and article that’s come out since the game has stated…this was the ultimate meltdown of such epic proportions all the way around.

  2. Willis talkin bout....
    2:21 pm September 7, 2016 Permalink

    “Hopefully we don’t, but you never know?”?? wow. how do they not know the snap count during the game..the staff should have came to that realization last Sat. This is a bunch a coach talk bs. Change the faces all you want. Until he changes the scheme it will be the same result. Our pathetic excuse of a 3/4 front is a fraud. Florida is gonna look like a National Title team on Sat unless he packs the line to help with the run and let the the db’s run man. He just sounds insane at this point..

    • W1ldCats4Life
      2:45 pm September 7, 2016 Permalink

      Yeah…have never figured out why any coach in the SEC runs a 3/4 instead of a 4-3. SEC is so run dominant. IF our DB’s are as good as advertised/hyped, I say put them on an island and let them cover 1on1.

  3. Cmart0907
    2:32 pm September 7, 2016 Permalink

    Should’ve been rotating players. Next time if they wanna run the ball 70 times a game just put 8 guys in the box and let our corners make plays.

  4. secrick
    2:47 pm September 7, 2016 Permalink

    Sounds like something a coach should have already figured out before the first game of the season.Stop trying to build hopes up with all this talk.

  5. FBI Informant
    2:52 pm September 7, 2016 Permalink

    secrick is 100% correct. The bottom line, as I’ve said for 3 years, is Stoops has absolutely no clue what he’s doing as a Head Coach. Every one of us knew how thin the DL was and knew that Elam wasn’t suited to play 40+ snaps. A 240lbs DL would have been better playing Nose Tackle than Elam for the majority of the snaps that Elam played. It is also proof that his recruiting and player development is lacking big time. How do you not have more than 1 substitute at Nose Tackle (which is who Elam is after he Meant situation)? It’s an extremely important position. He should have 4 guys that can play it. Instead he has ONE guy, Elam, who can play it poorly. I mean, how bad are the other guys if they can’t even sub Elam off the field, bc I’m telling you, Elam is flat out terrible.

    3:04 pm September 7, 2016 Permalink

    I watched the D line most of the game. I missed a couple big plays due to being locked in on them. What I saw especially in the second half was our Line not getting any push at all. Everybody was critical of Elam. I actually thought he played pretty well. Miggens did absolutely nothing . I made a statement to my son that I did not see much rotating of players and I am afraid we are going to get tired… we did. This is the worst D front we have had since Rich Brooks first year when we were on probation (when Trey Melsch roamed the field). I know we have taken some hits with Hatcher (huge loss), The false rape conviction on the kid from Seneca and of course Meant. However this staff has done a very poor job of recruiting talent on the line, at least in the middle when it counts. Elam would have lasted one year at Bama saw the handwriting on the wall and transferred. He is going to be a serviceable big guy the next two years, just not the extreme 5 star talent we thought we would get. He just cant get low enough and o lineman get under him and control him. We are in trouble in the run game all year. You cannot stack the box and leave your corners on an island that is the stupidest thing people can say. A good QB WILL pick us apart. You have to mix and match. I am just really upset at the lack of depth but more so the inability to develop these guys. Jacob Hyde is in his third year yet cant sniff the field as large and strong as he is. Why did we recruit him then? Great kid but you would think he could at least get 10-20 snaps a game…Can the OHIO kids play with the deep south talent? I think that is a legitimate question? We have put all our eggs in the Ohio basket. Are those kids as good as the Southern kids from Ga and Florida? I don’t think so? We are in trouble boys with no help in sight. Thank you Mitch for locking in an unproven coach in this kind of deal… another horrible decision in a long line of really bad football decisions.. the stadium looks awesome now.. its just shame.. I bought season tix again! Go CATS.. LOVE THE KIDS AND THE PROGRAM!

  7. Patches
    3:10 pm September 7, 2016 Permalink

    How is that big guy Elam working out? Thought he was a run stopper.

    • Luether
      8:13 pm September 7, 2016 Permalink

      Right now Elam would have difficulty fighting his way out of a wet paper bag with a razor blade…

  8. Piedma Schwartz
    3:12 pm September 7, 2016 Permalink

    why not give them all a shot? its not like we could possibly be any worse than we were last game..

  9. Realme
    3:26 pm September 7, 2016 Permalink

    I know almost nothing about football. But how the HELL do you not bring the backups in way before Elam gets to 70 or Love gets to 90. It was so obvious the defense was completely drained, are you telling me you kept rested guys on the sidelines? Because overworking your starters was working so great!?! I don’t get the decisions our coaching staff makes.

  10. blueballs80
    4:18 pm September 7, 2016 Permalink

    Every time they open their mouth, the coaching staff sounds more inept. If Matt Elam was there too long, then sub. It couldn’t have been any worse. Why develop depth if your gonna keep em on the sidelines. Yeesh.

  11. BluKudzu
    4:32 pm September 7, 2016 Permalink

    This is what 4 years of on the job training gets you; guys with no knowledge of what it takes to build a program trying to do it in the SEC. Even worse, an AD that selected this approach, as the investment in the programs future.

  12. cpenny
    5:54 pm September 7, 2016 Permalink

    Why did they play that much then? Are the backups not ready? I am confused about about the apparent sideline confusion.

  13. shelby
    7:18 pm September 7, 2016 Permalink

    Some of u people are ridiculous; do u honestly think stoops and his staff haven’t busted their ass trying to build depth on the line? Joker recruited about 6 lineman total over 3 years—there is your problem! Stoops didn’t dig this hole folks; but he had us one game from a bowl after only 1 year—and amazingly some of you are wanting him replaced?? WTH is wrong with u people. Until our best players and our DL and OL are 4th and 5th year seniors, we can’t compete in the trenches. this is a 6 year rebuild.