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Mike Edwards Wants an SEC Championship in His Final Season

Mike Edwards’ decision to return to Kentucky for his senior season was a surprise.  After much thought, Edwards said he simply had too much unfinished business to take care of in Lexington.

“Since the time I’ve been here, we haven’t been to an SEC Championship.  That’s one thing I want to go to,” said Edwards.  “All of us returning except for one starter (on defense); that’s definitely a big boost for us.  That’s what I really thought about when I came back.”

An SEC Championship appearance is considered by many fans as an unobtainable goal.  Edwards believes you can do incredible things if you have incredibly big dreams.

“The biggest stage,” is where Edwards dreams of playing. “The National Championship, SEC Championship.  You shoot low and you’re not going to achieve greatness.  We’re shooting for championships.”

To get to the coveted championship stage, Edwards knows there are some things he needs to improve.  Projected in the third or fourth round, “all over the place really,” in this year’s draft, if he can become a stronger tackler, he can help take UK to new heights and improve his draft stock.

“I need to improve my tackling.  Even though I have a lot of tackles (236 in three seasons), I miss a lot of tackles in open space.  I also need to get my body in shape, get more physical, more lean and more muscular.”

Josh Allen received similar feedback from the NFL.  His frame is still lighter than scouts and general managers would like to see.

“The main thing is to get a little bigger.  Not everybody can be 250, 260, but I feel like I can gain a little bit more weight and get stronger in the weight room.  That’s what I plan on doing this offseason,” Allen said.

“I think I still have a lot to prove.  At the beginning of the season, I came off with a hot start.  Towards the end, I kinda slowed down a little bit.  I feel like next year, once I improve on my stamina, my strength and my speed, I feel like I can last longer, I can play more, be healthier and come back stronger.”

Allen was the first to break the news to Mark Stoops.  When Edwards let Stoops know his entire defense would be returning, “He was really excited.  When I told him he was jumping for joy.”


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

15 Comments for Mike Edwards Wants an SEC Championship in His Final Season

  1. runningunnin.454
    3:05 pm January 11, 2018 Permalink

    That’s the spirit!

    • ClutchCargo
      3:18 pm January 11, 2018 Permalink

      Agree. There’s too many people out there too afraid of failure to put themselves out there like that. Hopefully he and his teammates put in the work necessary to have a shot at this.

  2. Luether
    3:33 pm January 11, 2018 Permalink

    Ky winning a football SEC C’ship? Ha! Not in my lifetime and probably not in Edwards’ either…

    • KYcats11
      3:35 pm January 11, 2018 Permalink


    • cats646
      3:36 pm January 11, 2018 Permalink

      Maybe you’ll kick the bucket soon. Then we will have a chance👍🏻.

    • runningunnin.454
      3:45 pm January 11, 2018 Permalink

      That’s the spirit! smh

    • jaws2
      4:06 pm January 11, 2018 Permalink

      About the same odds as uOFsmell winning the ACC. Oh, a loss the last two years to mid SEC West teams in bowls gives you an idea of how uOFsmell would do in the SEC. Good luck with your opener next year dipstick! HaHaHaHaHa…..

    • UK Big Board Update
      4:15 pm January 11, 2018 Permalink

      Lueser is still pretty butthurt about that 29 point Ass beating his team took in Rupp, I see. LMFAO

      He gets so triggered. Like a little snowflake.

  3. PillsburyThrowboy
    3:43 pm January 11, 2018 Permalink

    Well I hope Mike can get the secondary in check. We had the most abysmal secondary in the SEC and it was so hard to watch at times. If we can figure out how to improve in the secondary and the interior of the D-line, we could have a really good season.

  4. Witnessedd
    3:43 pm January 11, 2018 Permalink

    We not beating Georgia

  5. Catsby80
    4:01 pm January 11, 2018 Permalink

    I love his attitude, but winning the SEC East is going to be a TALL order. I’d like to see us win 8-9 games. Anything more than that would just be a cherry on top. With these guys returning on D and with some of the offensive guys who are returning, I see no reason why we can’t get over the 7 win hurdle.

  6. UKFootballYall
    6:20 pm January 11, 2018 Permalink

    Hell yeah they could make it to Atlanta! Our team of 3 & 4 stars could get there as long as everyone, players and coaches, does their job. The leaders need to lead and hold every teammate accountable for being prepared and doing their job consistently, and that goes for Stoops with the coaches too!
    I HATE Alabama but every player fears screwing up their because they are going to hear it from Saban AND their teammates. Don’t see many receivers left wide open in their games….

  7. bluegrassstu
    9:59 pm January 11, 2018 Permalink

    Edwards better transfer to Georgia or Alabama if he wants a championship.

  8. MadHatter
    12:39 pm January 12, 2018 Permalink

    Lol he transferring?