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What in the World is Kentucky’s Magic Package?

Kentucky’s defensive line has received plenty of praise throughout the preseason. One might even describe them as magical. Vince Marrow believe they could be one of the best in the nation before the season finishes. T.J. Carter agrees.

“I feel like we can be one of the best D-Lines in the country, if not the best,” said Taylor. “We got a lot of guys. We’re very deep. We’ve been working really hard this summer, not just me, a lot of other guys have been coming up and getting extra work in. The sky’s the limit. We’ll just have to see when the season comes.”

The depth of the defensive line makes this one different than any we’ve seen Kentucky put in the field in recent years.

“There’s no first team and there’s no second team,” said defensive line coach Derrick LeBlanc. “When you’re on the field, you’re a one, you’re a first teamer. I think we have that luxury.”

The luxury has made way for something special: the Magic package.

This package isn’t a hat where you can find a rabbit. Kentucky’s Magic package is a unique personnel group they use in obvious passing situations.

It’s pretty dope,” said 6-9 defensive tackle Calvin Taylor, who plays a much different role in this package. “I’m the nose so it sucks for me. I’m drawing everyone in and the ends get to rush but it’s fun to see those guys get some sacks and me just pushing the pocket. It’s pretty fun.”

It isn’t anything new. Josh Paschal first burst onto the scene as a true freshman pass rusher in the Magic package. Hattiesburg police were forced to press charges after he completely demolished a running back near the end zone.

Boogie Watson is a big fan of the Magic package, especially now that he gets to take Josh Allen’s spot as rusher, instead of dropping back into coverage.

“It’s good,” said Watson. “Sometimes we’ll rush three out of Magic. We can rush six out of Magic. It kind of just depends on what we dial up.”

Kentucky can do a lot of different things with different personnel to mess with opposing quarterbacks on third down. All they need is a little Magic.


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

11 Comments for What in the World is Kentucky’s Magic Package?

  1. RealCatsFan
    3:14 pm August 22, 2019 Permalink

    “Magic Package”? Is that something from the movie “Magic Mike”?

    • TheDon
      4:55 pm August 22, 2019 Permalink

      But….what is the magic package? What personnel group? Feels like a Yahoo click bait article where they never answer their title question.

  2. Nickerbocker05
    5:58 pm August 22, 2019 Permalink

    Mark is a master in rushing the qb so I feel it is legit

    • JASUN74
      6:02 pm August 22, 2019 Permalink

      Like button [ X ]!!

  3. JASUN74
    6:01 pm August 22, 2019 Permalink

    TJ Carter is going to have a all SEC first team kinda season. I truly believe what I’ve been saying the last few months. We’re going to be just as good, if not better than we were last year. Just more big time players than last year as a team. (Not saying we have Josh or Benny). Just better all around. I say 10-3 again. Possibly 9-4 at the worst!! But next year, WATCH THE HECK OUT!! We’re coming for the SEC EAST CHAMPIONSHIP OR BUST!!! Playoffs and we’ll see what happens!!

    Anyway, I love the confidence in Carter and there’s no doubt in my mind that it’s the whole team thinking this way. My goodness I can’t wait. Hahahaha. Wooo!!

  4. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    6:27 pm August 22, 2019 Permalink

    Is the magic package anything like the 1-5 nickle?

  5. MtnCat
    6:47 pm August 22, 2019 Permalink

    … can’t wait to get this thing teed up. Bring it!

  6. beauleonard
    7:35 pm August 22, 2019 Permalink

    Calvin Taylor seems like a great teammate. He’s definitely for others and he seems like a happy guy. I wanna see a few sack lunches from him this year!

  7. ukkatzfan
    7:49 pm August 22, 2019 Permalink

    Nick, just google Magic Package and find out.