Mark Stoops went to his Youngstown, Ohio roots to land the program’s new offensive line coach and Eric Wolford is passing some early tests. The 49-year-old offensive line coach was previously the head coach at FCS Youngstown State with stops at Arizona, Illinois, South Carolina, and in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers for two seasons in 2015 and 2016.
After a second stint in Columbia, S.C. working for Will Muschamp for the last four seasons, Wolford is staying in the SEC and will be in control on the Big Blue Wall in 2021. The new coach was a key point in the recruitment of blue-chipper Grant Bingham and the man they call “Wolf” knows he has big shoes to fill in that offensive line room.
John Schlarman’s passing left a huge hole in the program in the program and no one single-man will take his place. However, Wolford plans to honor his legacy the best that he can in this new role and opportunity.
“It’s heartbreaking, quite frankly. I can tell you this, John Schlarman’s going to continue to have a presence in our meeting room, in our position group, I can assure you that,” Wolford told media during his introductory press conference. “I welcome his family, his wife, and his kids to be a part of my family and continue to be a part of our offensive line group.”
The early returns have all been solid and the new coach inherits a really good group on the offensive line. Kentucky released a video this weekend that shows Wolford’s coaching style and what specific fundamentals the new coach is harping on.
Mic'd up: Coach Eric Wolford
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