There is only one more practice left in Kentucky football’s 2019 training camp. After the penultimate practice on Thursday, Brad White told the media he believes it may have been the defense’s best practice so far.
“We’re getting to where the communication is crisper, it’s cleaner. The fits are cleaner.” White said. “They’re not perfect, but arguably today was one of our top practices this camp and that was encouraging. There’s a heightened sense of urgency. They understand we’re under ten days (to kickoff), so it was good to see.”
The added energy has come from the top. Kentucky’s defensive leaders have become more vocal, even when they aren’t in the middle of the action on the field.
“I think we found a little bit more consistency, especially in today’s practice. From start to finish it was the most energy we’ve kept it up,” said White. “The leaders have stepped up. It was great to hear some of the old guys talking…They’re dialed in from start to finish.”
One of those leaders keeping everyone focused is Boogie Watson.
“The season’s here. We can’t really have many mental errors at this point in camp. I think we’ve done a good job with that lately,” said Boogie. “Our strengths have become our strengths. I think the D-line has become dominant throughout camp.”
There’s much more from the final post-practice media session from training camp.
Jordan Wright Double-Dips
Jordan Wright has become Brad White’s utility player. UK’s defensive coordinator believes he has four solid players for the two inside spots, but only three for the two outside positions. Wright is the guy White can count on to relieve Boogie Watson at Sam or Josh Paschal at Jack.
“He’s a smart kid with a lot of talent and a lot of upside. The thing with Jordan is to show up every single day,” White said.
Consistency has never been Wright’s strength, although he did play his best football in 2019’s spring game. When he hits stride, he brings a lot to the table.
“He’s so long. He’s got long arms. He’s athletic,” said White. “He’s a former basketball player. What he’s starting to do, instead of playing like a basketball player, he’s starting to play like a football player. He’s playing tough, he’s playing strong and he’s not afraid to put his face in.”
You can see every thing the defensive coordinator had to say after practice here.
Devonshire will get Special Teams Reps
If Lynn Bowden isn’t getting the ball on kickoff returns, it will likely be true freshman cornerback MJ Devonshire. At Aliquippa High School, Devonshire returned eight punts for touchdowns, one shy of the national record. Dean Hood likes what he’s seen so far from the freshman.
The Best Snapshot from 2019 Training Camp
It unfortunately comes at Devonshire’s expense. UK never released the full highlight of Kavosiey Smoke’s second scrimmage stiff-arm, but we do have a picture to show for it.