The offensive line will be the biggest strength of the 2019 Kentucky Wildcats, and Logan Stenberg will be a big part of that. However, it wasn’t always a sure thing that he would be on the 2019 roster.
Stenberg debated entering the 2019 NFL Draft. Mark Stoops confirmed at a press in December that Stenberg sought feedback on his draft stock.
Unsatisfied, Stenberg is back at Kentucky for his senior season as he will anchor an extremely talented Kentucky offensive line.
- Position: Offensive Guard
- Hometown: Madison, Alabama
- School: James Clemens High School
- Recruit Rankings: No. 75 offensive guard in 2015
Stenberg was rated a three-star prospect out of Alabama in 2015. Kentucky was the only power five school to offer the now star guard as he chose the Cats over schools such as Southern Mississippi, Troy and the University of Alabama Birmingham.
After redshirting in 2015, Stenberg turned heads in his 2016 redshirt freshman season. He allowed only one quarterback pressure and had 37 knockdowns.
In his sophomore and junior seasons, Stenberg started all 13 games at left guard, paving the way for for Benny Snell Jr. to become Kentucky’s all-time leading rusher. It also helped both Stephen Johnson and Terry Wilson stay up in the pocket and allowing them time to make plays with their feet.
In 2018, Stenberg again only allowed one sack and recorded 78 knockdown blocks and 154 blocks at the point of attack. Off the field, Stenberg was named an SEC Honor Roll member and graduated with a degree in integrated strategic communication.
Now a senior, Stenberg enters 2019 with high expectations. He was named a preseason second-team All-American by Sporting News, is being scouted by the Reese's Senior Bowl and in many eyes is projected to be the first Kentucky player off the board in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Kentucky offensive lineman Logan Stenberg has athletic and space limitations, but if you are looking for a nasty blocker who consistently dominates defenders, he’s your man. Stenberg is large and powerful and annihilates opponents, drives them from the line of scrimmage and works to finish blocks, which he usually accomplishes. He’s marginally effective in motion and isn’t the type of lineman you’d line up in a zone-blocking scheme, but Stenberg will flourish at the next level in the proper system.
This season, Stenberg will anchor a talented offensive line that includes other potential All-Americans in Drake Jackson and Landon Young. Between those guys, Luke Fortner and Darian Kinnard, this has the potential to be one the best offensive lines in the SEC. Stenberg playing at an All-American level would certainly help that come to pass.
“We love to have that reputation,” said Stenberg this offseason. “We like to go out there and be able to open up holes for the guys in the backfield. So we don’t take it lightly. We like to have that reputation.”
What makes Stenberg unique is his toughness. Back in 2017, he made an iconic comment when he said “I just want to pop somebody in the mouth. I’m tired of my team” when asked on his excitement level for the season.
Stenberg also loves being the kind of lineman that other teams hate facing.
“You want to be an offensive lineman that the opposing team’s defensive line goes home and says ‘Man, I hate that guy,’” Jackson said of Stenberg this offseason. “We’re all trying to be that, but I think Logan is that guy.
“He’s knocking his guy down even if the ball is (past). He’s just trying to be annoying out there. He’s trying to get inside guys’ heads.”
Stenberg loves the game and plays it physically. With a big season, he may just hear his name called in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, and it’s safe to say he will do anything to assure that happens.