The defensive line has been one of Kentucky’s weakest units in recent years, but according to Vince Marrow, that’s about to change in a big way. On KSR this morning, Marrow said pro scouts who have attended practice believe Kentucky’s defensive line has just as much talent as Alabama or Ohio State’s.
“This is my sixth year here and this is probably the most talent we’ve had on the D-Line as a group since I’ve been here. Every NFL team has been through here already. There have been a lot of pro scouts in here and they say we have just as much talent as Alabama and Ohio State, prospect wise.”
The most impressive of the bunch? True sophomore nose guard Quinton Bohanna, whom one scout told Marrow he would draft right now.
“I tell you what, the big boy in the middle? He’s a future stud. Man, he is. He’s a grown man. I had someone on the field the other day — a couple of scouts were looking at some of our guys that are seniors — he said, ‘I’ll take 95 right now. Right now.'”
In the past, Kentucky’s had standouts on the defensive line like Bud Dupree or Za’Darius Smith; Marrow said the unit’s talent from top to bottom this year will make a world of difference.
“I think that we have at least seven to eight good, quality defensive lineman that can play this year in the SEC,” Marrow said. “We haven’t had that before. We had Bud, we had Z, but you’ve gotta have a group of guys that can go in a rotation and come in and finish this thing out.”
“Their bodies look different,” Marrow added, praising the strength and conditioning staff. “They look like dudes we used to go against six years ago when we first got here. We didn’t have them guys. Now we’ve got them guys.”