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Hump Day Practice Notes from the Defense

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All eyes on are on Matt Elam

Matt Elam’s game on Saturday could be the biggest game of Kentucky career. After the season-ending injury to Melvin Gordon, Elam will take over the role of the starting nose guard on the d-line. Eliot praised Elam’s focus and preparation this week heading into Saturday’s game. “Matt’s worked very hard. He’s taken a very serious attitude, which is good. He has come to work everyday and paid attention. He’s doing what we ask,” Eliot said. Elam not only wants to play well for himself, but for Lewis, which gives him more motivation.

To be effective in Saturday’s game, Elam is going to have to fight through fatigue from playing more reps than normal. Playing hard and fast, while still remembering technique will be key for Elam. “Sometimes when you have another person in front of you, you kind of coast a little bit, but now he’s the man. So he has to perform because everyone is on his back,” said Jimmy Brumbaugh.

Adrian Middleton and Tymere Dubose are two other players who are getting reps at the nose guard position.

Schematically, the defense will not change much

The defense won’t be using less 3-4 or more 4-3 with the loss of Lewis. There will not be much change on the defensive side of the ball on Saturday. “We are just going to fill the void with different players,” Eliot said. The goal for the defense is to stay on track despite the loss on one of their key players.

Dak Prescott is Mississippi State’s leading rusher 

Even though Prescott is using his arm more this year than last, he continues to be the team’s leading rusher with 325 yards in 59 attempts (Brandon Holloway, the running back, is second with 174 yards in 36 attempts). However crazy all this might sound, Prescott is throwing the ball more this year than last season. Prescott’s passing has improved from last year and “has become an effective passer,” Eliot said.

Prescott has also yet to throw an interception this year, which motivates Kentucky’s secondary that hasn’t had a pick since the Florida game. Eliot credits the lack on interceptions to drops. “We’ve dropped a lot. We’ve had our opportunities and we haven’t been able to pull them in. We’ve got to make those plays,” Eliot said.

 

Article written by Kindsey Bernhard

Lover of dogs, sports and beer. @kindseybernhard

11 Comments for Hump Day Practice Notes from the Defense



  1. Biggity
    7:37 pm October 21, 2015 Permalink

    Who is Melvin Gordon? Do you even watch UK football? Smh



    • SosaUK
      7:40 pm October 21, 2015 Permalink

      This.



  2. Cayts
    7:52 pm October 21, 2015 Permalink

    Every post by this person is absolutely terrible. Not even in a BTI terrible kinda way, but full of mistakes and misspellings and reads like a 4th grader wrote it. Whoever is in charge of the site when these posts go up needs to actually read them first. The radio show keeps getting better and better while the website gets worse and worse.



  3. Wtf
    7:56 pm October 21, 2015 Permalink

    Melvin who???? Come on… Really????



  4. SarcasticCat
    8:04 pm October 21, 2015 Permalink

    WOW! Melvin Gordon is playing for the Chargers AND UK??? Im sure the NCAA will have something to say about that



  5. novalsi
    8:19 pm October 21, 2015 Permalink

    Where’d you get that rushing number for Dak? ESPN has him at 59 att, 254 yards.



  6. novalsi
    8:23 pm October 21, 2015 Permalink

    Holloway, too – They have him at 36 for 160.



  7. Matt
    9:25 pm October 21, 2015 Permalink

    Who is better, Boom or Melvin Gordon?



  8. Melvin Gordon
    11:28 pm October 21, 2015 Permalink

    Damn! I’ve been gone for a week, and you guys have forgotten who I am????

    Thanks for the shout out, Kindsey. At least somebody knows who I am



  9. ha
    7:21 am October 22, 2015 Permalink

    ?



  10. Old_Pogue_Bourbon
    7:27 am October 22, 2015 Permalink

    Melvin F. Gordon!!! Kindsey…don’t quit your day job.