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Matt “Bulldozer” Elam off to a great start on his first day

Very rarely do you see a true freshman make an immediate impact in college football, especially on a defensive line in the Southeastern Conference. That almost never happens. But Matt Elam may be an exception this year if he continues to improve on what he showed his coaches and teammates this morning on his first day of football as a Wildcat.

Bud Dupree, senior defensive end and leader of the defense, told reporters, “Anytime he is in, I think people will have to account for him. He’s just gotta keep progressing each day and he’ll be pretty good.” Dupree called his young teammate a “bulldozer” inside.

Mark Stoops singled Elam out as one of the eye-opening players on Monday. He and the other coaches are very impressed by Elam’s athleticism for a guy his size and they see him as a contributor at DT this fall, adding size and depth to the wide open position.

It sounds like the kid from Elizabethtown is already living up to the hype.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

14 Comments for Matt “Bulldozer” Elam off to a great start on his first day

  1. wordplay
    12:15 pm August 4, 2014 Permalink

    Um, Elam’s immediate impact on the defensive line STILL has not been seen in the SEC. Keep in mind he is not playing in a game situation vs. the O-line of LSU, FL, Bama, etc. He is in his first day of practicing vs. UK’s O-line. Big difference. But here’s hoping he progresses. Still wouldn’t shock me to see him redshirt.

    • Yes and
      12:50 pm August 4, 2014 Permalink

      We are not really talking about the SEC…we are talking about Kentucky. Big difference.

    • Tom Tom Cats Fan
      1:00 pm August 4, 2014 Permalink

      Word: Recall that he chose between UK and Alabama. A high school coach that I know told me that Elam was good enough to play as a freshman at Alabama. On the morning of the day that Elam was going to announce, Nick Saban chartered a private jet and was sitting at this kid’s house in Elizabethtown. Why do you think that happened??

    • wordplay
      1:59 pm August 4, 2014 Permalink

      Yeah, i know he’s highly touted. So were Morgan Newton, Ryan Mossakowski, Alex Smith, Yancey Reynolds, Micah Jones, Aaron Boyd and on and on. All were 4* recruits I believe. All were expected to “have an immediate impact”. All were hyped in fall practice their first year. This is the SEC and Elam will not play 8 games vs. the O-line of the worst performing offense of the SEC. Point being, I hope Elam is a star, but to expect him to have an immediate impact based on a compliment after the very first fall practice vs. a dubious O line is something I won’t fall for again. If he is kicking tail after the 8th game or so, I will believe the hype and gladly join in.

  2. Trueblue
    12:20 pm August 4, 2014 Permalink

  3. Yesterdays
    12:49 pm August 4, 2014 Permalink

    Highly touted recruit is mentioned by coaching staff as having a good day and you seem to find some negative in it? I am gonna go out on a limb and say that Elam is NOT going to red shirt. Too talented and we don’t have STUDS at that position. So, if he can make an impact and he puts in the work, I see him in the regular rotation and possibly starting by end of year

  4. Simon de says
    1:02 pm August 4, 2014 Permalink

    Stoops is quoted as saying: Elam is working his way into shape.

    There’s guys that bust their ba**s, 24/7 getting into physical shape and staying there.

    Elam is working his way there. Had all summer to bust his a**.

    Every player should show up at 1st practice ahead of the curve.

    No excuses for working their way into shape.

    Reason for 2-10. Easy work outs, easy!

    • bbn#1
      1:04 pm August 4, 2014 Permalink

      like you said its the first practice and hes already lost almost 30 lbs hints that he was working hard in the offseason..

    • "Work" is a relative term
      2:11 pm August 4, 2014 Permalink

      Weight isn’t everything either… if that picture is recent he’s lost a good amount of fat just since his announcement a few months ago. I’m betting Coach Korem has him in beast mode by the end of the season.

      Remember guys, we’re not looking to win the SEC this year. We want to get back to around 5-6 wins this year in a perfect world.

  5. catlogic15
    1:22 pm August 4, 2014 Permalink

    I hope he wasn’t “eye-popping” because he was dominating the same O Line that was shoved around all last season. That wouldn’t be “eye-popping”, that would be a horrible disappointment.

  6. Matt Jones
    1:56 pm August 4, 2014 Permalink

    I know that look. Looks like a barker is taking it from behind.

  7. nunya
    2:43 pm August 4, 2014 Permalink

    It’s obvious from anyone who saw pictures of Elam in the spring that he has lost a considerable amount of weight already. He was hurt last fall and got too big but he’ll be in football shape before too long at all..

  8. Tom
    6:54 pm August 4, 2014 Permalink

    Can a bulldozer poster be in the making?
    Our marketing department can make more of nothing than any in the busuness.
    AND who ever told you that this voung man would have started at Alabama as a freshman, that wouldn’t have happened. They actually coach their linemen and don’t have to fill in slots with the unexperienced.
    I hope he’s an all american but if he a starter this year, ouch.
    He should be in shape now.

  9. Luther
    8:43 pm August 4, 2014 Permalink

    Still must lose another 50 pounds, or redshirt…