Today was one of the shortest D.J. Eliot press conferences I have ever attended, mostly likely due to the bye week. So here is what he briefly talked about…
Two young linebackers have stood out
Eliot specifically focused on the linebackers in today’s practice and said Courtney Love and Eli Brown stood out. Both players have been doing good things in practice and will have bright futures here at Kentucky. “We have plenty of other players that I could name, but I was focusing on the linebackers specifically today and I was impressed with those guys,” Eliot said.
Having Meant and Johnson back is going to be a good problem
C.J. Johnson has been getting more playing time due to the absence of Reggie Meant. However, Eliot believes that Reggie Meant will be back for the Auburn game. When asked about the plan once Meant is back regarding Johnson, Eliot said, “I think it’s a good problem.” Eliot said they’ll both play and anticipates they will play the three-technique. Johnson and Meant will be used in different packages; one might play the nose and the other might play the three.
Defensive line coach, Jimmy Brumbaugh said it is good to have Meant back because it gives the defensive line more depth and the ability to sub more guys in and out.
On C.J. Johnson’s outstanding play
Eliot joked that he told Johnson “anything less than 19 (tackles) is going to be unacceptable.” Eliot said he’s never seen a defensive tackle make that many tackles in a game. Johnson’s ability to move quickly and his explosiveness are two key aspects to his unrelenting tackling.
Brumbaugh recorded 18 tackles during his freshman year at Auburn and was excited for Johnson to beat his record. Johnson second year at Kentucky has helped with his success because of his better understanding of the defense. “I told him he was like a wild dog in a meat house. He’s just running around looking for things. But now he’s in the scheme of things and he doesn’t hurt you because he understands plays. Efficiency is what he’s got”.