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Stoops expects Josh Allen to be huge “difference maker”

Josh Allen (41). (Alex Otte Photo)


During a radio appearance on WJOX-FM in Birmingham recently Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said he expects outside linebacker  Josh Allento not only be one of the best at his position in the SEC but also one of the best in the country.

“He’s a difference maker. He’s a guy that does a lot of things well,” Stoops said. “He’s good on his feet, he has good instincts and drops and leverage, playing pass defense but he’s also a dynamic pass rusher. He’s good in the run game. Josh really is the whole package.”

Allen is already projected as a first-round pick in the 2019 NFL draft and is on numerous preseason all-SEC teams. But Stoops also believes senior safety Mike Edwards is capable of a special season, too.

“Mike Edwards has been around a long time, played a lot of football and he came back as well,” he said. “Physically he is in great shape.”

Smith said on the show that UK’s defense need to “make a big jump” but he believes he has the players to do that this year.

“We have some experience. We are getting some decent depth, so I feel like defensively we need to make a big jump as far as being more consistent. We’ve shown flashes and done good things at times but across the board, I’d like to see consistency there,” he said.


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  1. Not at all impressed with Stoops as a Defensive Coach in the SEC. I just don’t see the improvement in the players.

  2. This is shaping up to be a make or break year for Stoops. If this team can’t stop anyone at line of scrimmage or cover anyone coming out of backfield then he does deserve to be put on the hot seat. The defense has been pathetic since he has been here.

  3. I am looking for Allen to have a big year. This defense will miss Ware I do believe. I will be tuned into Jacksonville State football.

    1. I also believe the UK offense could be suspect. They have all the pieces but a proven QB. Hope one proves me wrong. Go Cats!!!

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