Kentucky is built for success in line of scrimmage league

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2021 UK Football Spring Practice.Photo by Elliott Hess | UK Athletics
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[caption id="attachment_347168" align="alignnone" width="2560"] Elliott Hess | UK Athletics[/caption] Games are won at the line of scrimmage. That is a statement you hear throughout the SEC. At SEC Media Days, that was preached constantly. Shane Beamer, Eliah Drinkwitz, and Josh Heupel all went on record stating that the games in this league are won and lost in the trenches. Why is that the case? KSR asked the new Tennessee head coach to find out. "Having been in the Big 12, this league, and then having been in the AAC, the line of scrimmage is different," Heupel said at SEC Media Days. "And it's the size and the length of the bodies, you what I mean? Upfront, inside, it's their girth. On the edges, it's their ability to have length and speed. I think that the difference in the league, or the number one thing that jumps out to you." "You can tell that just by the NFL Draft. The number of bodies that get drafted upfront in particular across the board in this league, and I think that speaks to what you're saying is the difference in the league certainly." In Lexington, Mark Stoops has built the Kentucky football program from the inside out. The Wildcats have slowly built one of the best offensive line operations in college football and even with the new coaching transition, this should be a unit that remains one of the best in college football. Both Luke Fortner and Darian Kinnard received All-SEC recognition in Hoover proving that the Wildcats have some star power in the trenches. On the other side of the football, Josh Paschal returns for his redshirt senior season and the former four-star recruit from the DMV earned second-team All-SEC preseason honors. In the class of 2020, Kentucky signed a handful of blue-chip prospects. Senior nose tackle Marquan McCall was the top-ranked recruiting in Kentucky's class of 2018. The success on the recruiting trail will give Kentucky's defensive front a chance to be one of the better units in the SEC. To be a consistent force in this conference, teams must be good on both sides of the line of scrimmage. Kentucky checks both of those boxes heading into 2021. The Wildcats will have a chance to have a good season this fall because of the talent and size the program has accumulated and developed on the line of scrimmage.

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2021-09-25

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