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Watch Greg McElroy crush Matt Elam for being lazy

Greg McElroy did not hold back in issuing a challenge to the Kentucky defensive line, namely Matt Elam.

Sitting on the SEC Network’s Media Day set down in Hoover earlier today, McElroy sent a message to the Wildcats, saying, “Step up, right now. Step up. It was an embarrassing effort. The linebackers covered their bases an awful lot, who are really good and played their tails off, but this defensive line, they need to be issued a challenge.”

“It was an embarrassing effort last year, particularly by former five-star Matt Elam, who was lazy and as underachieving a player as I’ve seen in this league in some time.”

Tell us how you really feel, Greg.

Elam should watch this clip every morning from now until the end of the season.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

25 Comments for Watch Greg McElroy crush Matt Elam for being lazy



  1. Parkels
    4:05 pm July 11, 2017 Permalink

    Agreed!



  2. BBNDan7
    4:09 pm July 11, 2017 Permalink

    I wish I could take Elams side and stand up for him.



  3. chardun20
    4:13 pm July 11, 2017 Permalink

    I can’t speak to Elam being lazy, never seen him practice or don’t know him personally. That’s some pretty sharp words and should motivate him if he has any self pride.



    • BBNDan7
      4:35 pm July 11, 2017 Permalink

      I went to high school with him and he is unfortunately lazy. We all hoped he would turn that around at UK



    • Luether
      8:47 pm July 11, 2017 Permalink

      He has no pride – zero…



  4. PillsburyThrowboy
    4:21 pm July 11, 2017 Permalink

    I rewatched the spring game today and specifically focused on Matt Elam. He can get good push and take on 2 blockers at times. What he lacks is hand movement. The ball is snapped and he goes directly into the block and doesn’t use his arms one bit to get off the block. I would have to attribute some of this to laziness because I know our coaches have been hounding him about this for 3 years now. His feet aren’t very quick either which, in combination with the aforementioned issue, is the reason he sits the bench. He has been the biggest disappointment in UK history to this point, bar none. Unless something changes this season, he will be a bigger disappointment than Aaron Boyd.



  5. hspires
    4:31 pm July 11, 2017 Permalink

    Couldn’t agree more. I remember how relieved I was when we won the recruiting battle with him, but he has been a non-factor at best. Needs to step it up. The whole D-Line, though. It’s not just Elam’s job.



  6. az1006
    4:34 pm July 11, 2017 Permalink

    Calling a player lazy isn’t fair when you’re not around him during practice or at any other time. So I’m not going to do that. But I will say this about Elam…He appears to have not really improved at all since he first stepped foot on campus, and I don’t know if that’s an indictment of the coaching staff or his work-ethic. But, regardless, he has been a major disappointment considering how highly-touted he was coming out of high school (to be fair, high school rankings in football probably mean less than in any other sport), and will really need to have a big year to erase some of that.



  7. ClutchCargo
    4:41 pm July 11, 2017 Permalink

    Savage, but accurate.



  8. bigb
    4:41 pm July 11, 2017 Permalink

    I expected Elam tone a beast, but no.



  9. kyle heavy
    4:41 pm July 11, 2017 Permalink

    You can call a player lazy when you’ve observed that a specific player, who has been asked several times to lose weight, has not changed his body one bit since he arrived on campus.



  10. Kevin C
    5:39 pm July 11, 2017 Permalink

    Calling someone who’s morbidly obese “lazy” = calling the sun “hot”.



    • bigDhoney1283
      6:39 pm July 11, 2017 Permalink

      If that’s the case, he shouldn’t be on any kind of athletic scholarship. Let alone a full ride to a SEC school for football. Sadly, I think he was right. He seems to be lazy (granted I’m not there day in and day out) but dude was a 5star on the D-line.. common man



    • BBNDan7
      9:10 am July 12, 2017 Permalink

      Being classified “obese” does not make one lazy. Many O-line and D-line players in the NFL are considered obese but I wouldn’t call them lazy



  11. chris43
    5:57 pm July 11, 2017 Permalink

    Sad but true…..5 star……Massive size…….what has he really did so far? Hate to sound this way but get your ass out there and show it on the field or go home!



  12. chris43
    5:59 pm July 11, 2017 Permalink

    Fact is if he went to Bama….he probably wouldn’t even still be on the team.



  13. bigDhoney1283
    6:35 pm July 11, 2017 Permalink

    The sad part, he’s right.. I’m not a fan of his, but Elam was one the highest rated players Stoops got to commit at that point. He’s got the size and he’s got the skills but can he control his weight long enough to focus on getting better? Up to this point, he hasn’t been able too. We talk about coaches being on the “hot seat”, but this time it’s a player and I hope he realizes it’s go for broke or go home this year…



  14. hbond23
    7:46 pm July 11, 2017 Permalink

    Greg is so right. Elam plays like he doesn’t want to be there



  15. LatoniaCat
    8:23 pm July 11, 2017 Permalink

    undiagnosed food allergies? He cares, he try’s, but something is off



  16. LatoniaCat
    8:24 pm July 11, 2017 Permalink

    “Elam goes gluten free and dairy free, becomes All American”



  17. chardun20
    8:25 pm July 11, 2017 Permalink

    Could it be Elam should be an offensive lineman? I haven’t seen very many defensive linemen that tall be successful. I wouldn’t call him lazy, he’s made it through 3 seasons of college football. Could he work harder, yes? Not every 5 star football player works out, UK just happens to get 1 of the few hasn’t worked out to this point.



    • ClutchCargo
      9:38 pm July 11, 2017 Permalink

      If he had the discipline and footwork required, then maybe. His one skill is being huge.



    • chardun20
      1:39 am July 12, 2017 Permalink

      ClutchCargo you are probably right:)



  18. grandpablue
    9:33 pm July 11, 2017 Permalink

    Back in the day we had a saying ” you can be part of the problem or part of the solution,,, which one are you ? ”

    Nuff said!!



  19. Bozferatu
    10:44 am July 12, 2017 Permalink

    I’ve thought this since we were recruiting this giant tub. Still think the reason we got him was because we were the only school to let him play defense. He’s too tall to get leverage naturally so he needs to have flawless technique, he’s never even come close to looking good. I’ve never seen him warrant a double team, hell I’ve seen him get beat consistently by schools like Southern Miss. SEC O-lineman dominated him. Pringle is far and away the better player.