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Stoops says he’s considering moving Bud Dupree back to linebacker

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There’s no sugarcoating it–Kentucky’s linebackers did not play well on Saturday. In fact, on the most recent depth chart, TraVaughn Paschal was moved from defensive end to linebacker, a move Stoops says he hopes will help out the unit. During his radio show last night, Stoops said he is also considering moving Bud Dupree back to linebacker:

“There is some thought to that. Bud was very good for us Saturday. Sure, he made some mistakes just like a lot of us, but he has the ability and they’re very correctable mistakes and he’s a very good player wherever he plays. With moving TrayVaughn, we probably need to keep him at end, again, it gets us a little bigger. I thought about moving Bud to one linebacker and TrayVaughn to the other and getting real big across the front. Everything’s a possibility. We need to look at a lot of options and we need to get better.”

Dupree split time between linebacker and defensive end during his first two seasons as a Cat. With all these changes on the line, one of the players who is moving up the depth chart is freshman Jason Hatcher, who Stoops said had a good game Saturday. Expect to see more of him throughout the season.

Is moving Paschal and Dupree back to linebacker the solution to UK’s problems up front?

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23 Comments for Stoops says he’s considering moving Bud Dupree back to linebacker

  1. MonkeyHumpnaFootball
    11:30 am September 3, 2013 Permalink

    I wish I could say yes that would help but overall our defense was just tragic on all levels on Saturday.

  2. CanastaCat
    11:31 am September 3, 2013 Permalink

    Just give it some time. We just narrowly survived and are coming out of a Nuclear Minter.

  3. The Gambler
    11:40 am September 3, 2013 Permalink

    I mentioned this during the game to my wife. It would be a much better fit. Allow Hatcher to play (and gain experience) and Dupree helps the linebacker core.

  4. jpg
    11:41 am September 3, 2013 Permalink

    Solidifying the linebacking core would help. I can not tell how many times UK did not get a short stop because of POOR tackling by our LB’s. This was the staffs first time seeing his players in a game time situation within his system. They will make adjustments.

    Go Cats!!

  5. ScottBGKY
    11:42 am September 3, 2013 Permalink

    It looked like to me our defensive linemen were all playing a 2 gap technique. They got stood up at LOs trying to read the hole the play was coming to and got blown off the line. Almost every great defense I see play today has 1 gap dline scheme with guys creating havoc in the backfield with the LB’s cleaning up. Is this part of Stoops scheme?

  6. Adam
    11:43 am September 3, 2013 Permalink

    If we truly are as deep on the d-line as previously reported, I like this move. I think we need to find a way to utilize the most talented players and get as many of them on the field at the same time as we can. I feel like our defense wasn’t spread out enough allowing receivers to find open areas on the field way too easily.

  7. Larry David Paveto
    11:45 am September 3, 2013 Permalink

    Great move
    Shows that Stoops is not resting on his laurels

    11:48 am September 3, 2013 Permalink

    Lets just hope WKU beats UT!

  9. MustangCat
    11:53 am September 3, 2013 Permalink

    We were dominated on both LOS’s? We were supposed to have an edge on bothsides in experience, talent, and size? Sure didn’t show, did it?! Cannot understand that?! We definitely need to blow up the LOS, and dictate, not be dictated to. WKU ran all over us, and we made a rookie QB look like Tom Brady?! We still could not move the ball on offense. A huge portion of our total yards came on a few big plays, and mop up time in the end. We got nothing consistent. Huge disappointment. Dupree to LB can’t possibly hurt things! Cannot understand how the team was not fired up to play?!?! Sure hope this doesn’t take a full year or two to start to see any noticeable changes. We looked pretty much like we did last year, which was shocking.

  10. Clarify
    11:57 am September 3, 2013 Permalink

    #7 nothing against Stoops, but isn’t it awfully premature to say a coach with an 0-1 career record has any laurels to rest on? Yes, i know he was DC for a good FL state D, but still…

  11. Evaluation
    12:01 pm September 3, 2013 Permalink

    Mistakes in talent and position evaluation is fine this year. This staff is learning on the go. But having an o-lineman that started 12 games last year being sat down, and the o lineman that replaced him getting false start penalties because of lack of experience. Having our best linebacker move positions and then realizing it was a mistake, duh. These things are fine this year, but it will not be exceptable next year IMO.

  12. Clarify
    12:02 pm September 3, 2013 Permalink

    #6 perspective. Anybody saying this team is “deep on the D line” surely meant relative to how thin we are at LB and in the secondary. Kind of like saying UK is the best NCAA football team in America that is located in Lexington! Of course some ignorant bloggers, who shall remain nameless, said UK has the best D line in the SEC (cough, cough, Desales graduate cough)

  13. Jonah Hex
    12:41 pm September 3, 2013 Permalink

    Yes, build for the future. If we know we are going to be bad this year, play the young guys and get them ready.

    You dont lose with seniors.

  14. bcfromky
    12:42 pm September 3, 2013 Permalink

    This team needs the best athletes at the most important positions. This move would be a good one if there’s not a huge falloff with the other Defensive Ends. Like Stoops said during his press conference, “It is what it is”. We cannot get upset because of the mess that was left to us. WKU went to a bowl game last year and we went 2-10. UK football will get better but we just have to weather the storm.

  15. Jim 1
    12:51 pm September 3, 2013 Permalink

    Coach Stoops is having to compete with a team where the overall team talent level has been depleted. Some of his starters are at best the # 2 man in a normal rotation. Some of the backups would be lucky to make the depth chart on most teams. Stoops and his staff will struggle this season trying place their best talent in the right positions but help is on the way.

    This talent level didn’t happen overnight and does not have a quick fix. Give him time and find a way to enjoy the ride untill the talent gets better. Stoops is on the right track.

  16. yesterdays
    1:42 pm September 3, 2013 Permalink

    Missed tackles was a huge problem- Is this a talent problem or a execution problem? I guess I feel that this is a coaching problem and one the coaches need to address. Yes, less talented players will miss more tackles, but tackling is a fundamental concept of football. This type of mistake should not happen regardless of talent. Now, Joker did leave us with undersized guys across the board. If you remember, his philosophy was to take smaller, faster guys and pray to the football gods they grew 3 inches and put on 40 lbs of ripped. So, some of this problem was inherited, but I believe tackling is fundamental and expect Stoops to improve it.

  17. CATandMONKEY
    1:53 pm September 3, 2013 Permalink

    This could be a great move. Having a linebacker with Dupree’s size and skills could really cut down on those missed tackles past the LOS.

    Jalen can pull double duty as a RB/WR and causing some havoc playing somewhere in our defensive backfield. Get the best players on the field…all the time.

  18. TECO
    2:23 pm September 3, 2013 Permalink

    If you want to call out a player for not showing up against WKU, why not Za’Darius Smith? For the past 4 months everyone was comparing Smith to Clowney. Smith was the #1 DE out of JUCO. Unfortunately he played against WKU like he was still in JUCO.

  19. Mudcreekmark
    2:30 pm September 3, 2013 Permalink

    If most of the responsility of making plays comes from the linebackers then you better have your best players at that position.I was very disapointed on how easily they ran the ball on us. I know that our DB’s couldn’t stop plays being made against them but I thought sure we could stop the run. Our defense looked like it use to when Curry was coaching. The ball is thrown and there isn’t a UK defensive player even it the camera shot. How can our DB’s get beat that badly every single time? We weren’t within 10 feet of the ball when it arrived.

  20. Moderation
    2:37 pm September 3, 2013 Permalink

    Ball hair

  21. bruin923
    3:53 pm September 3, 2013 Permalink

    TECO- Smith didnt play great but did what he was suppose to do. He made 6 tackles and 1 sack. DE’s aren’t suppose tomake a lot of tackles and WKU didn’t take a lot of deep drops and got the ball out of the QB’s hand quick. Clowney only had 3 tackles this week.

  22. Jacob Brooks
    4:03 pm September 3, 2013 Permalink

    People lack perspective.

    Smith didn’t dominate but six tackles and a sack is a solid game especislly vs a quick pass scheme. He also missed the last few weeks with an injury. Next week look for a better game.

    The staff thought Henderson and brown could do well enough to keep Dupree on the line but if they have to move him back to lb I like the line up of him Avery and paschal. Three big backers who are good athletes and can stuff the run. They probably didn’t want to do that because it would make for worse pass coverage but if they don’t shore up the run d first the pass coverage doesn’t matter anyway.

    This staff will figure out a combo that works. Overall I expect a way better looking team come Saturday.

    38-17 final score

  23. Plastic Surgeon
    7:24 pm September 3, 2013 Permalink

    Ms TT

    Get into the kitchen and make my sandwich and leave the sports talk to us men.:O