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Kevin William’s Potential Impact: Immediate and Continuous

Yes, I have a problem. I watched Kentucky’s spring game a couple or five times. My opinion remains constant after every viewing; Mark Stoops is a defensive lineman and third offensive tackle away from being pretty darn good.

As is, 2016 is the most talented and deepest roster he’s constructed. One week after the spring finale, Nebraska grad transfer DT Kevin Williams will visit Lexington. To say his campus and city tours are critical would be a tremendous understatement. I’m no recruiter, but simply popping in last Saturday’s game film into the VCR machine should be all the selling that Vince Marrow will have to do in order to gain his signature.

Apparently, Kentucky is competing with Texas A&M for Williams’ services. In the SEC grand scheme of things, both the Cats and Aggies are not projected near the top of their respective divisions. Thus, comfortability, familiarity, and potential for immediate impact will likely factor in the decision. Let’s take a look at each:


As a proud US Army Basic Training graduate, I can read a map. Lexington appears to be closer to Springfield, Ohio (two hours and thirty-eight minutes’ drive time) than does College Station, Texas (eighteen hours, seventeen minutes). Comforting to young Mr. Williams is the ease and access of I-75.


Williams hails from Springfield, Ohio. Incoming defensive tackle Kordell Looney is also a Springfield High Wildcat. As a true freshman, Looney has the skill and size to also press for clock. To further connect the dots, Springfield High School’s head football coach is Maurice Douglas. The same Maurice Douglas that starred at defensive back for Jerry Claiborne before playing eleven seasons in the NFL. Coach Douglas’ son, Moses received his first college offer from UK. That’s quite a bit of familiarity, but it goes further. Williams’ recruiter, Vince Marrow, was his high school coach and was later with him in Lincoln. Oh yes, and you can add the other twenty-four Ohioans that now call Lexington their football home.


Immediate, continuous, and constant. Coach Jimmy Brumbaugh needs a veteran to light a peer to peer fire under his current collection. Williams, a former Cornhusker starter, can provide that steady spark. Texas A&M may want him; Kentucky desperately needs him. Colossal yearning difference when you’re talking about just one year of remaining eligibility.

How will this play out?  No clue, but I like UK’s chances.

Article written by Freddie Maggard

Former University of Kentucky Quarterback and Andy Griffith Fan Club President

29 Comments for Kevin William’s Potential Impact: Immediate and Continuous

  1. pithuahua
    11:09 am April 19, 2016 Permalink

    Should Stoops invest (even for one year) scholarship monies on a player who has had a career full of serious and nagging injuries.

    • CatsfaninFL
      11:21 am April 19, 2016 Permalink

      Yes… if it beefs up our defensive line which is a known weakness, and we have a scholly available, why wouldn’t you? At this late in the game you have to take that chance if you want to improve a known weakness.

    • Bomb Grade
      11:39 am April 19, 2016 Permalink

      This would be a huge risk. Taking a player that has been plagued by injuries his entire college career is a crap shoot, at the very least. That being said, we need the help and I hope that we get him.

    • kycats13
      11:57 am April 19, 2016 Permalink

      Stoops puts up with Elam who can’t push away from the training table. I’d say going with this guy would be an upgrade and a risk well taken.

    • Sentient Third Eye
      12:33 pm April 19, 2016 Permalink

      No risk at all. We’ve had unexpected scholarships open up recently (Hatcher, TV Williams), so in the worst case he would only be replacing one of them. And the potential upside could be amazing.

  2. blueballs80
    11:41 am April 19, 2016 Permalink

    Our DLine was getting abused by the 2nd team. Elam is over hyped and we need all the help we can get. Pringle is still a work in progress and Tymere Dubose is out with an injury, Jacob Hyde won’t cut it. All that beef but not very effective.

    • kycats13
      11:58 am April 19, 2016 Permalink

      Can you image what would have happened to Elam if he had gone to Alabama?

    • Catlogic15
      1:17 pm April 19, 2016 Permalink

      At Alabama Elam would be 40 pounds lighter, quicker, and stronger.

    • blueballs80
      4:15 pm April 19, 2016 Permalink

      @Catlogic…what assumption are you making he would have been 40 lbs lighter. Could also make the assumption he may have not seen playing time. IMO, a 6″7 nose tackle is way too tall for the position making it hard to get his pad level low routinely.

  3. theWilkman
    11:41 am April 19, 2016 Permalink

    “My opinion remains constant after every viewing; Mark Stoops is a defensive lineman and third offensive tackle away from being pretty darn good.”

    No doubt the football Negative Nancys will take umbrage at this statement, but Freddie didn’t sugar coat things at all last season, so I’ll take his word for it. Here’s hoping that the overall increase in talent (Keenan Burton’s comment that this team has more talent than his ringing in my ears) leads to success on the field. If not in wins, at least in competitiveness. The tendency the last 2 years to give up in the face of adversity cannot continue.

    • kycats13
      12:00 pm April 19, 2016 Permalink

      What would John Ray say? “We Believe”

    • Bomb Grade
      12:18 pm April 19, 2016 Permalink

      10-33 at Kentucky, all John Ray could do is believe..

    • Sentient Third Eye
      12:35 pm April 19, 2016 Permalink

      I think overall this team has a lot of talent. What Keenan Burton’s team had was accomplished playmakers to make up for gaps in their team’s talent level overall. Can our skill guys step up to that level? We shall see.

    • Larry Pratt
      12:42 pm April 19, 2016 Permalink

      I think everyone on here respects Freddie’s opinion.

    • theWilkman
      3:03 pm April 19, 2016 Permalink


      see some of the comments below for examples of those that don’t.

  4. secrick
    12:11 pm April 19, 2016 Permalink

    If you have a scholarship going to waste then use it on this guy.

  5. BluKudzu
    12:20 pm April 19, 2016 Permalink

    The two positions Freddy pointed out are of the OL and DL. The line is where the game is won or lost, between the tackles.

    If we play a 3-4, with poor D Line, which continues to fail against mobile QBs, it will be a long season.

    The O line, specifically the tackles, have got to stop the DEs and WS LB. If we can’t do that, it will be a long season.

    Line mentality is what separates the men from the boys. You are either tough, and driven, to take away from those in front of you, or you get a beat down. There are no ties.

    With our line play, we have not had the toughness it takes to be a good team. Maybe it changes this year. It better, or it will be a long year, for both Barnhart and Stoops.

  6. Howdy Doody
    12:52 pm April 19, 2016 Permalink

    ONE player is not going to vault UK into a 10-2 season…
    I saw a LOTof the same ‘ol same ‘ol Sat afternoon.
    Just be “honest” for a change KSR.
    MYREAREND is still smarting from all that smoke Matt blew up it last season..

    • ukjaybrat
      12:57 pm April 19, 2016 Permalink

      no one said Kevin William will make us a 10-2 team. but he adds depth at our weakest position so he very well could be the reason we aren’t 2-10

    • theWilkman
      3:02 pm April 19, 2016 Permalink

      Ding ding ding… We’ve located the fan who can judge talent better than Freddie.

  7. kyle heavy
    12:55 pm April 19, 2016 Permalink

    I don’t see how anyone could say that taking this guy is a risk. I believe he would start from day 1, if he stays healthy. Also, even if he is injury-prone and does get injured, he will bring invaluable veteran leadership to the locker room. The man has confidence too:

    We’ve recently freed up at least a couple of scholarships on this current roster so I say it is an absolute no-brainer.

  8. scorpiocard
    1:09 pm April 19, 2016 Permalink

    Freddie says uk is two players away from being “pretty darn good” (whatever that means). Stoops says he is 30 players away from being able to compete in the sec.

    Who to believe? Who to believe?

    Stoops has not shown me that as a HC he knows how to create a system that develops the players he has. The highly rated players he has been getting are not performing for the most part. Until he can develop the talent that he has, one player, two players, thirty players, fifty players??? It won’t matter.

    I think Freddie is watching that film over and over again and hypnotizing himself into a state of delusion. uk was playing themselves last Saturday. Are you telling me they are two players away from not going into OT against EKU? Okay. I’ll buy that.


    • jaws2
      1:31 pm April 19, 2016 Permalink

      +1000 on this ^^^^, I sure hope we’re both wrong, but I just can’t see it. Either way, I’ll be in my seat ‘hoping’ again.

    • JW PRPcoach
      1:42 pm April 19, 2016 Permalink

      Pretty darn good for us (and Freddy) is 6-6 or 7-5
      Stoops is thinking that “competing” is 9-3 or 10-2
      apples and oranges in my opinion

  9. DACats86
    1:37 pm April 19, 2016 Permalink

    Would be a huge addition at a position of great need. And the Huskers were salivating over Williams being a starter and weren’t mentioning his injuries – until word got out that he was looking to transfer… BTW, the hyper-negativity by some over anything UK football is getting old. Find a new shtick, please. We were all upset over the IU loss, some of us have moved on.

    • whatwasthat
      2:23 pm April 19, 2016 Permalink

      A huge pickup with no risk, hope we land him. You are right DA, I understand the trolls like cats paws, cat logic and others, but a true UK fan supports all of the teams regardless if they attend or not. Think they are still mad about the Wisconsin loss much less the loosiers. In football you can have a great season without winning the title, but man in bb if you don’t win that last game on Monday the season is a bust no matter what your record is, especially for UK. Think part of the problem is that football is the more prestigious sport and UK has only been good here and there for the most part and by bashing the football team that can keep basketball king of the hill, but the truth is KY produces much more D1 talent in football than bb and the country just cares more about football than bb.

    • ukjaybrat
      2:31 pm April 19, 2016 Permalink

      “the country just cares more about football than bb.”

      Ain’t that the truth! the season is more than half over before the national writers and tv guys get around to even mentioning college basketball.

    • whatwasthat
      2:47 pm April 19, 2016 Permalink

      I like bb UKJB, but I just can’t get fired up watched them play auburn or others like that, now the rivalry games I’m all in, but in all honesty the bb season comes down to march and the tournament. The bb tournament is such a crapshoot, how often does the best team win, I gave up the anger after the last lost after the 93 game, carried that anger way to long. Now I just enjoy the season and realize it takes talent and a lot of luck to get that last win on Monday. Football has always been a lot of what ifs and maybes and the external hope that one day the coaches and kids can put it all together on a Saturday.

  10. rolandrmoore1965
    8:53 pm April 19, 2016 Permalink

    I don’t always read football articles. But when I do, it’s Freddie Maggard.