Under Mark Stoops, the Kentucky Wildcats football program has underwent a total transformation over the past several seasons. After decades of losing and seemingly no progress — the Cats have been fortunate enough to have some tremendous players showcase their skills inside Kroger Field.
When you think about who’s responsible for Kentucky turning the tides, you’ll likely remember guys like Josh Allen, Benny Snell, Lynn Bowden and other top NFL talent.
But then there are players like Phil Hoskins who have put their body on the line time and time again to help UK win games. Despite not getting the same amount of attention as some of his teammates — there is no doubt that Hoskins has been an instrumental member of this team for several seasons.
The 6-5, 315-pound defensive lineman had a string of well-documented injuries that he had to overcome while at Kentucky. Hoskins ability to finish strong was an inspiration to many.
He ended his season on a great note with a sack in the Gator Bowl and dominating performance in Kentucky’s last regular season game against South Carolina.
In a recent interview with Larry Vaught from Vaught’s Views, it was clear that Hoskins is proud of what he accomplished as a Kentucky Wildcat, and he’s now ready to move on to a professional football career.
The interview provided some great quotes. You can read the entire article by clicking here.
One of my favorite takeaways from the interview was Hoskins talking about his relationship with Mark Stoops and his development on and off the field.
“I couldn’t do what I wanted to do because that would not get me to where I needed to be. I am extremely prideful of what I have had to do, what I have had to overcome, the injuries and everything else, and just locking in. So I am very proud.” Hoskins told Vaught.
The 6-5 315 pound defensive lineman had a string of well-documented injuries that he had to overcome while at Kentucky. It was great seeing him play in every game this season, and hopefully he’s able to carve out a career in the NFL.