If there is one specific thing that I’d contribute to changing the culture of Kentucky Wildcats football over the past several seasons, it’s simply their newfound ability to compete in the trenches.
For decades, seemingly forever, UK was dominated at the line of scrimmage in conference play, which resulted in losing games by the bunches.
However, under Mark Stoops, guys like Josh Allen have entered the program, developed their skill-set, and ultimately laid the groundwork for the Cats to change the narrative on their physicality being a weakness.
Whether you’re talking about offense or defense, you won’t hear many folks describing Kentucky football as soft up front.
Heading into the 2021 season, there is some buzz growing around senior nose guard Marquan McCall’s potential to take a major step forward on Brad White’s defense.
“It’s one of those, you don’t want to heap too much praise too early — but he’s got a chance to be a force for us.” White said following a recent spring practice.
If you’ve watched any Kentucky football, then you fully understand it’s not all hype with Marquan McCall. He has backed it up with his on-field performance and playmaking ability.
But adding consistency from week to week will ultimately determine if McCall can make a tremendous impact in his senior campaign.
The Detroit native played in 10 games last season, which included starts against Missouri, Georgia and South Carolina.
For his career, McCall has played in 31 games with 48 tackles to show for it. The former high four-star recruit has proven that he’s capable of performing at a high-level in the best college football conference in the nation.
The 6-3, 379-pound monster in the middle has all of the tools and tenacity to make it happen every single week.
From the sounds of it — Marquan McCall is making the most of spring ball in preparation for his last ride in Lexington.
This is why Marquan McCall has the nickname “BullyBall”... Here he gets off the line so quick and just bulldozes the center into the RB and tackles them both for a huge loss on the play.— Wildcat Hub (@WildcatHub) August 17, 2020
We’re ready for that breakout this season @MccallMarquan #BBN pic.twitter.com/W2w4y2DBR4