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.