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Za’Darius Smith Is Your NCAA Sacks Leader



After recording a sack early in the game on Teddy Bridgewater, DE Za’Darius Smith has passed Louisiana Tech DT IK Enemkpali as the nation’s leader in QB sacks with 5 through the first 3 games. The JUCO transfer Smith also became the first UK player since Jeremy Jarmon in 2007 to record at least 1 sack in 3 consecutive games.

Za’Darius is on pace to record 20 sacks on the season, which would demolish the current single season Kentucky record of 12 set by Dennis Johnson in 2001. He’s also on pace to break the OFFICIAL SEC record of 15 sacks held by Willie Evans of Mississippi State, and I capitalize the word official because former Alabama star Derrick Thomas is considered the unofficial NCAA single season leader with an incredible 27 sacks in 1988, after recording another 18 in 1987. However, sacks didn’t become an official NCAA statistic until 2000 so Thomas’ record is unofficial. Terrell Suggs from Arizona State is considered the modern-day NCAA leader with 24 sacks in 2002, and no player has recorded 20 sacks in a season since Elvis Dumervil in 2005.

Keep being scary Big Z. 

Article written by Will Totten

Born in Indiana and raised in Louisville, I am the unlikeliest UK fan.

13 Comments for Za’Darius Smith Is Your NCAA Sacks Leader

  1. Patches
    7:27 pm September 14, 2013 Permalink

    I will say it again. The chop block against Z’ by Senorise Perry was the cheapest shot I have seen in college football. Every intent to injure a player for life. Then he taunted Z’ while he was on the ground. Ref watched it with his flag up his arse. Perry should have been ejected. Instead, Strong keeps him in. Classless thugs. I pray Z’ is OK.

  2. Beatle Bum
    7:33 pm September 14, 2013 Permalink

    UK recorded him as having .5 sacks today.

  3. JJ
    7:35 pm September 14, 2013 Permalink

    So what, we lost again.

  4. brain
    7:36 pm September 14, 2013 Permalink

    He’s off to a great start but the competition gets a lot stiffer.

  5. Katdaddy
    7:55 pm September 14, 2013 Permalink

    Get better Z’!!!! But load all them QB’s up and ship them out….

  6. Rob
    8:15 pm September 14, 2013 Permalink

    “Z” is doing exactly what he was brought in to do, put pressure on the QB and stop the run. Now, if any of the QB’s on UK’s roster could do us a favor and make decent throws, and when they do if the receiver’s could do us a solid and catch the damn thing..We knew they wouldn’t be that good this year, but i honestly believe they have played the last two games better than what i thought they would, just simple things like throwing and catching would go a long way. But i honestly do believe we are heading in the right direction, and with the next round of recruits coming in next season, we are going to be a good team even in the SEC..Louisville better enjoy this seasons win, cause it’s going to be rough starting next year…

  7. Blue Jesus
    8:18 pm September 14, 2013 Permalink

    What are the chances he’s off to the NFL after this season? I have no doubt he could make it there, based off these three games. But I’d love to have him around another year!

  8. doormat
    8:28 pm September 14, 2013 Permalink

    That is great. 2-10

  9. red headed step child
    8:57 pm September 14, 2013 Permalink

    Agree w/ #1.
    @ doormat, and to think your Tards could only beat the worst team in SEC BY 14. GOOD LUCK waiting on the BCS National championship, you guys may be better on paper but UK lost the game ULoL certainly didn’t win it. By the way the Hiesman was lost today for teddybear.

  10. DT in DC
    9:01 pm September 14, 2013 Permalink

    What was the official status of him injury-wise after the game. I don’t think I saw an update.

  11. Plainclothes Man
    9:23 pm September 14, 2013 Permalink

    i would say that unless he go without another sack all season, he’s practically a lock for the draft. If we could keep him, however, then he does have a chance to increase his production next season when the rest of the defense is *hopefully* closer to his level.

  12. doormat
    9:47 pm September 14, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t have to say much and I still sound stupid.

  13. ZPac
    10:01 pm September 14, 2013 Permalink

    Z-Man really didn’t dominate like I thought he was against a somewhat weak UL OL. Yes he had big sack early in the game but he only finished with 3 tackles. Big Boy Williamson was the difference maker on defense today.