Early in his career, Chris Westry looked like one of the biggest gets for Kentucky under Mark Stoops. Westry was once expected to end up at Auburn and ultimately decided he wanted to be at Kentucky.
Westry has shown throughout his career that he has the potential to be an outstanding player, including a standout freshman season where he was so good that many thought he was Kentucky’s best player going into his sophomore year.
Unfortunately, it just hasn’t all clicked for him since then, but hopefully it will all come together for him this upcoming season. All the pieces are in place for Westry to do just that and have a big year if he can just get it together.
Measurements: 6’4”, 195 lbs.
Hometown: Orange Park, Fla.
Recruiting Ratings: 3-star, evaluated as the 17th best safety but could also play cornerback
Out of high school, Westry was a player that showed a lot of potential at the safety or cornerback position. He had 34 total tackles during his senior year with one interception and he blocked two field goals. He was a Super 24 selection and helped lead his team to the district championship.
In Westry’s freshman season, he finished with 36 tackles, a sack, and two interceptions including a huge INT late in the road win at South Carolina with the Cats only up by 4. Westry was also named Third-Team Athlon Sports Freshman All-America and added to the SEC All-Freshman team by the coaches in the league.
Chris Westry makes a huge interception late on the road against South Carolina (2015) pic.twitter.com/OCThfFGjcX— Classic KY (@KY_Clips) July 19, 2018
Sophomore year, Westry had a quiet year but still had his moments of excellence as he was able to get an INT against Austin Peay to push his career total to three. He also had a big game against SEC West opponent Mississippi State as he recorded a career-high seven tackles in the game that in the end Kentucky was able to come out with a big win.
Last season, Junior Chris Westry played in all 13 games of the season and started 8 of those games. He had an up and down season but recorded 34 total tackles on the year and had a forced fumble on the road at Southern Miss.
Chris Westry with the strip leading to the recovery by Courtney Love. Humongous. pic.twitter.com/HCMNGcjPxD— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) September 2, 2017
He also had a season high 5 tackles against Mississippi State and then did it again against rival Louisville.
Although Westry hasn’t had the career we all expected him to have his senior year could be the season that he finally puts it all together and has a breakout year. His length and athleticism are too much for him to not be good.
Chris Westry breaks up the potential TD pass. pic.twitter.com/PQcnwxv04X— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) November 4, 2017
Westry described himself on the field as “determined” and he needs to show the determination when they take the field and show the country what he is capable of.
How do you think senior Chris Westry will perform for the Cats?