For Kentucky fans, Logan Stenberg’s mean streak on the field is no secret. His “nasty” play is something he has worn on his sleeve from the time he first set foot on campus.
He may pick up a frustrating penalty flag every once and a while, but toughness and heart were two traits you never worried about during his time in Lexington.
“I try to find their weakness. I’m not trying to trash-talk on the first play of the game,” Stenberg told KSR prior to the 2019 season. “I’m going to see where you’re weak, I’m going to expose that and make you feel embarrassed. I really think that playing offensive line is a double whammy. You gotta really intimidate them and play with their mind, and you got to beat them physically.”
The 6-foot-6, 317-pound guard takes pride in getting under the skin of his opponents, as winning the mental battle often leads to one-on-one physical battles.
“I believe if you’re focused on me, more than what you’re supposed to be doing, I’ve won that battle,” he told KSR. “I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t think it worked. I’ve definitely seen some type of progress in what it’s doing. I see some benefit in it. I find that it really helps me because it makes me mad. When I’m mad, I play harder and I really wanna get the better of that man.”
As he takes the next step in his football career as a member of the Detroit Lions, he plans on taking that same nastiness with him.
After being selected with the No. 121 pick in the fourth round, Stenberg told the Lions that his goal is to “end the guy across from [him]” on every snap.
“So I’ll tell you what my best asset is my attitude. I’m a nasty player,” Stenberg said in a conference call with the franchise this afternoon.” I like to block and finish guys. I’m a hardworking individual. I’m the kind of guy that’s going to show up to work every day whether it’s practice or meetings – just a really blue-collar guy.“
“Off the field, I’m a very respectful, fun guy,” Stenberg continued. “But on the field, it’s all business. I want to end the guy across from me on every play.”
Following the selection, Detroit’s media team published their official scouting reports of the new Lion, praising Stenberg for his “beef” and ability to learn as a “student of the game.”
“The Lions have gotten good results over the years in scouting players at the Senior Bowl, and this is another one of those players,” Mike O’Hara of DetroitLions.com said. “Drafting guards on consecutive picks is a sign that the Lions want to beef up the interior of the offensive line. Stenberg brings plenty of beef.”
“The Lions double up on interior offensive line help after selecting Ohio State’s Jonah Jackson in the third round,” Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com continued. “Stenberg started three seasons at left guard for the Wildcats and help lead them to the fourth-highest rushing offense in college football last season. He’s not flashy, but he’s a student of the game with a lot of experience under his belt. The Lions needed to come out of this draft with interior line help. Now they have plenty of options.”
In four years at Kentucky, Stenberg played in 51 games, including 39 consecutive starts his last three seasons at left guard. The former Wildcat was named second team All-SEC and second team All-American in 2019.