Kentucky’s new defensive coordinator Brad White hosted hour two of today’s show, and about halfway through, received a phone call from the guy who helped him get the job. Josh Allen, who was drafted seventh by the Jacksonville Jaguars last month, surprised his former position coach by calling into KSR to congratulate him on the promotion and ask some hard-hitting questions.
“How do you expect to gain from losing a lot of players on last year’s defense?” Allen asked.
“That’s a great question,” White said. “We lost quite a bit in the secondary. I didn’t feel like we lost much from a pass-rush standpoint. Just a little bit.”
“It’s one of those deals that we’re going to spread the love around,” White continued. “I know you were back here in the spring a touch and looking around and the new blitzes we’ve got going in piqued your interested a little bit. Obviously we can’t tell them which ones are going in yet but no, we’ve got to find some guys that can match that production.”
The love between the two was obvious during the call, with Allen thanking White for helping him reach his potential at the college level.
“I give Coach White a lot of the credit. He came in and we got to work. I introduced myself and he introduced himself and we got right to work. I knew what he had on his mind and I just wanted to pick his brain as much as I could and grow as a person, grow as a football player, and grow as an individual overall. It goes both ways but I give a lot of credit to Coach White and what he’s done for this program already. You can see how much he did. We had a great season from the pass-rushing standpoint and you could tell by the success, him being named defensive coordinator. That’s real special and I wish him nothing but the best. I just want to say thank you to Coach White. That’s my dog.”
Warm fuzzies aside, the best moment of the interview came when Mark Stoops interrupted to give Allen grief over not answering his phone call the night before.
“I’m interrupting you because this is your old buddy. Yeah, who? I called you last night because I knew I had to jump on KSR this morning and I get no answer from you. And then I walk in and he’s on the phone with his old Coach White. ”
After some friendly banter, it was revealed that Allen wasn’t ignoring his former coach after all; Stoops actually canceled the call before he could pick up. That’s probably a good thing because Allen claims he was already asleep.
“When you get to the next level, rest is the most important thing you can have.”
You can listen to Josh’s call starting around the 15-minute mark of Hour 2 below: