How important is Freddie Maggard to Kentucky Football? The first question Mark Stoops was asked today at SEC Media Days was about Freddie’s new role as Director of Player Development.
“In addition to your coaching staff, I have a lot of respect for Freddie Maggard as your director of player development. What do you foresee as his role?” Drew DeArmond, host of Talkin’ Ball on 97.7 ESPN Huntsville asked.
“Very excited about Freddie,” Stoops responded. “I felt the need as I’ve been there through the five years. One area that we really needed to constantly improve, and I don’t think any of us colleges can do enough on is developing these players. We’re very intentional about developing them. I talked and had the model for five years. You heard me talk about it before, about build, select and develop. That’s build a winning culture, select the right players, and then intentionally develop them once they’re on our campus.”
“Freddie is a big piece of that. He has great connections to the state. He has great connections throughout the country, helping our player transition not only from high school to college, but from college to the professional world and helping them everywhere in between, so very excited about the addition of Freddie.”
If you haven’t yet, go back and read Nick Roush’s feature on Freddie’s new role from last month; it’s a great glimpse into how hard Freddie’s working to make sure Kentucky’s players are as strong off the field as they are on it.