There was a Mark Stoops sighting today at the Senior Bowl.
Kentucky’s head coach took a brief break from recruiting to check in on three of his former players — Darius West, Mike Edwards and Lonnie Johnson — at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama. NFL scouts are getting an opportunity to witness firsthand what Stoops has seen daily over the last four years.
Lonnie Johnson has been the early standout in the secondary at the Senior Bowl. His size drew plenty of initial shock value, and he’s backed it up with physical plays like this:
— Russell Brown (@RussNFLDraft) January 24, 2019
He doesn’t just punch people in the mouth. Lonnie is showing that he can cover too.
Kentucky’s Lonnie Johnson is a long corner who should intrigue the Niners. Shuts down David Sills here pic.twitter.com/DNGqHCSq2M
— Nicholas McGee (@nicholasmcgee24) January 24, 2019
Each Wildcat has had their fair share of moments in the spotlight this week. After today’s practice, they’ll get one final opportunity in Saturday’s game.
It’s also an opportunity for Edwards to play with an old high school teammate, former West Virginia linebacker David Long Jr. In a piece penned by the Cincinnati Enqurier’s Fletcher Page, the former Cincinnati Winton Woods stars shared what it’s like to cross football paths on their way to the next level. Winton Woods head coach Andre Parker is not surprised to see Edwards succeed.
“You could run Mike for miles,” Parker said. “There would be a time you wanted to set the tone for the team, punish the team. For Mike, you could never break Mike. Everybody else would be dying from exhaustion and Mike would be smiling and laughing. He always had more left. It was like he was meant to be in the moment.”
Just like Mike, there’s more from the Senior Bowl and it is coming from an unusual source: Dawg Nation. The man who’s been back and forth plenty with Matt Jones over the last few weeks caught up with Darius West after the final Senior Bowl practice.
The Senior Bowl airs Saturday at 2:30 ET on the NFL Network.