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Mark Stoops expects a big jump from Quinton Bohanna

We could see the best defensive line at Kentucky in a long time.

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The Kentucky Wildcats are returning a lot of talent for a defense that was already one of the best in the country.

They had a secondary that was tied for 1st with Ohio State for the least amount of passing touchdowns given up in the 2019 season, allowing just nine.

They return a lot of that talent and will be getting back standout defensive back Davonte Robinson, who missed all of last season with a quadriceps injury.

Another area where the Cats are going to be stout is the defensive line that was able to control the trenches numerous times last season against some of the best lines in the SEC.

Recently, Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops spoke with Kyle Tucker of The Athletic about several topics including a reflection on his time at Kentucky so far, breaking down the upcoming roster, and his excitement of having a quarterbacks room that is filled with talented QBs.

However, one thing that stood out was just how much hype he gave for the senior campaign of Quinton Bohanna.

Back in 2018, Bohanna was struggling with some ankle injuries, but many believed he could be an NFL draft pick if he performed to his potential in 2019. He had a solid junior season recording 18 tackles, three tackles for loss, a sack and a pass defense. But what he lacked all season was consistency.

Now heading into 2020, Stoops expect Bohanna to take a big jump and be the leader of potentially the best defensive line we have seen in Lexington under Stoops.

“Quinton is really motivated to take a big jump in his last year, and I can’t wait to see it,” Stoops said. “He’s going to have a big year. He’s dedicated and he’s the leader of that group.”

The defense is the unit that I am the most excited about heading into the 2020 season and with the jump that Stoops expects from Bohanna, that will only make that unit even better and they will be a nightmare for opponents.