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Stoops says the team is close to having the depth they need at defensive line

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When he wasn’t talking about quarterbacks on this morning’s SEC Coaches Spring Teleconference, Mark Stoops was praising his defense, specifically the defensive line. Stoops said that he feels really good about where the defensive line is right now behind Bud Dupree and Za’Darius Smith, but he singled out another player for his improvement: Jason Hatcher.

“I think we’ve been — for us — maybe not where we need to be at a high SEC level, but we feel like we’ve been fairly decent at the defensive line position. I feel like we’re gonna continue to grow in that area, which is very important to me. With Bud and Za’Darius both coming back and a year older and more experienced and better leadership, I feel very good about them. And I feel very good about the guys behind them with Jason Hatcher really playing well and being a starter in certain packages we run.”

Stoops also praised Farrington Huguenin, Mike Douglas, Regie Meant, Melvin Lewis, and Cory Johnson for their improvement this spring, and said that with their progress, the team is close to having the depth they need on the line to survive in the SEC.

Everyone go knock on wood right now.

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12 Comments for Stoops says the team is close to having the depth they need at defensive line



  1. Jeff Krebs
    6:08 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

    What’s the latest with Matt Elam? Is he going to redshirt?



  2. Air Raid
    7:08 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

    Sounds promising, 2 and 10



  3. MadTex
    7:10 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

    UK play defense – that will be the day!!! They’re more likely to get scored upon multiple times, no interceptions, allow opposing runners to romp through the line, etc. Yeah defense – bad as usual!!!



    • MadTex
      7:36 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

      I have a small peepee so you don’t have to have much of a defense to keep me from scoring.



  4. Tej
    8:04 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

    These comments are merely rants by posters who are either not UK fans or just want to make negative statements.
    The defensive line is so important in the SEC. We have to develop depth at those positions. The teams that are successful year in and year out have good d-lines. Coach Stoops recognizes that and is trying to build that depth. One or two recruiting classes won’t do it but it’s a solid start.



  5. 5starWho?
    8:17 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

    Why hasn’t there been any talk about “5-star” recruit Matt Elam. We used to hear about how he was going to be a game changer from day one on a daily basis. Sure has been quiet since he arrived….



    • Dan
      9:54 am May 1, 2014 Permalink

      He’s still in high school…



  6. 5starWho?
    8:18 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

    Why hasn’t there been any talk about “5-star” recruit Matt Elam. We used to hear about how he was going to be a game changer from day one on a daily basis. Sure has ben quiet since he arrived….



  7. uninformed
    8:25 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

    Matt Elam is arriving in fall. He hasn’t arrived. What rock u under



    • Fat Albert
      10:02 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

      He is also grossly overweight.



  8. Bubba
    8:38 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

    Does anyone else rolls their eyes and then jam a foreign object up their bum when they read these posts, or is it just me?



  9. David
    9:54 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

    I still think our defense would be better served if Jason Hatcher played middle linebacker this year, especially since it is a major concern after loosing Avery to the NFL. Why play him sparingly at defensive end when he is one of the 11 best defensive ballplayers, just so happens he is behind Dupree and Za’Darius Smith. Come on coach put the best 11 on the field and lets beat some teams this year. Jason can play defensive end next year when the 2 defensive end studs graduate.