Kentucky Football Media Day is the first opportunity to see how the players have changed since we last saw them in the spring. For freshmen, it’s usually the first time we’ve seen them outside of a highlight reel.
In his sixth season at Kentucky, Mark Stoops’ team has never looked more impressive. Every football team has some “big dudes,” but even the small guys have filled in. The program looks nothing like the team Stoops inherited in 2013.
Nick Lewis — Holy Guacamole the offensive tackle is massive. When taking the team picture, the 6’9″ freshman was taller than the person standing behind him who had a one-step boost. You can only accurately capture his size in a picture like this:
Ahmad Wagner — If you thought Dorian Baker was big, the former Iowa basketball player is Goliath. He’s not just all, he’s thick in the neck and upper body. If he can quickly kick off the rust, there will not be a defensive back that can match-up against him size-for-size in the SEC.
Quinton Bohanna — Kentucky’s nose guard is listed at 340 pounds, but you could not call him fat; “solid” is the best way to describe Bohanna’s build. He’s in excellent shape at a position you can never be too in shape for. Josh Allen expects him to be the “anchor” of the defense.
Davaon Hawkins — Up until today I thought Hawkins was an undersized defensive end. I was wrong. The true freshman is built to play right away and that’s his goal this fall.
Isaiah Epps — When he got to campus, the wide receiver looked like he could still be in high school. He’s filled in and, more importantly, grown out his hair. Buzzcuts don’t cut it in the SEC.
DeAndre Square — In the spring I was astonished to see that he was an inside linebacker. He got to Kentucky at about 195. Today he told me he’s up to 215 pounds. He said it with enthusiasm too. The quiet kid is coming out of his shell.
Chris Oats — Competing with Square to be UK’s primary reserve inside linebacker, the only knock on the four-star prospect was his size. After an intense meeting with Coach Ed to start the summer, he’s put on 14 pounds and is up to 235.