In football, especially in the SEC, everything begins and ends in the trenches. Luckily, the Kentucky Wildcats are absolutely loaded on both sides of the line.
Arguably the most important player on the defensive line is the anchor—Quinton Bohanna—who will once again look to wreak havoc in the backfield all season long.
- Position: Nose Guard
- Class: Senior
- Measurements: 6-4, 367 pounds
- Hometown: Cordova, Tennessee
- School: Cordova High School
- Recruit Rankings: No. 1,058 nationally, No. 69 DT via 247 Sports Composite
Bohanna came into Kentucky as a low three-star recruit, which came with not very many expectations. He held offers from the likes of the Louisville Cardinals, Cincinnati Bearcats, and Ole Miss Rebels, but that was about it. However, it became clear early on that he was special.
In his freshman season, Bohanna played in 12 of 13 games, starting the last five at nose guard and totaling 14 tackles, as well as one PBU. Those numbers don’t exactly jump off the page, but it was a very solid first season in Lexington and the Cats were high on him internally going into his sophomore campaign.
During his sophomore year, Bohanna battled an ankle injury throughout the entirety of the season. But he still flashed an impressive skill-set that left UK’s coaches, as well as NFL scouts begging for more. While starting in seven of 12 games played, including the final six, he finished with 17 tackles, one sack, four TFL, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery.
He finally got healthy as a junior, and was named Preseason All-SEC as well as being placed on the Outland Trophy Watch list going into the season. Despite splitting time with Marquan McCall, he still played at a high level, starting in all 13 games, which gives him 19 consecutive starts coming into this season.
He finished the season with 18 tackles, three TFL, one sack, and one PBU. The stats will never be gaudy for a nose guard, but what you’re looking for is someone who can disrupt an offense from the second the ball is snapped. Bohanna does just that.
The 6-4, 360-pound mammoth is set to make waves in his final season in the blue and white. He anchors one of the best defensive lines in the SEC, and he’ll have scouts galore wanting to get a look at him.
Bohanna is already being tabbed Preseason All-SEC by multiple media outlets once again. He’s been named to the Senior Bowl Watch list as well. And plays like this show you exactly why.
The numbers might not always show the talent Bohanna possesses, especially while he’s splitting time with McCall, but make no mistake, he is arguably the most important part of the defensive line. In Kentucky’s style of defense, if he demands double teams, then it lets others get free. And if he can beat those double teams, watch out.