Boogie Watson is bringing Mamba Mentality to the gridiron.
This spring practice the Kentucky outside linebacker is trading in his blue and white for purple and gold. Take a closer look at Watson’s custom Kobe Bryant Nike cleats.
The DMV-product enters his fifth and final season with 13.5 career sacks, just four away from tying Jeremy Jarmon for fifth in school history. Last year he recorded 6.5 sacks, the most of any SEC Player returning in 2020. Mark Stoops has set the bar high for the athlete that’s following a similar career trajectory that Josh Allen took at Kentucky.
“We have high expectation for Boogie. He did some very good things a year ago,” Stoops said at the start of spring practice. “There was some frustration with him early. He kind of just settled in and listened to Coach (Brad) White, put his head down, went back to fundamentals and playing the game and enjoying it. I think he was putting a little pressure on himself early. Boogie is a guy that has a lot of experience, played a lot of football for us, he’s one of our leaders. We’re really excited about having him back for his senior year.”
Last week Watson told KSR that he’s happy to be back on the field this spring.
“I’ve been here through it all, the bad, the good and everything, so I’m excited to go into my last spring ball bright-eyed. I’m happy to be here.”