On Thursday, I listed the goals for spring practice for the offense. Today, I’m back to do the same for the defensive side of the ball.
Goal: Get stronger this offseason
The Kentucky hybrid defense calls for the 3-man front more often than not. The current crop of defensive ends are a little light for a traditional 3-4 scheme, so making sure they have the strength necessary to hold up against the run will be key. Collins Ukwu and Mike Douglas certainly look the part of SEC defensive ends, but some of the reserve players are a little light to be taking on double teams from offensive linemen. If the team is going to field three down linemen, the backup players will have to get bigger and stronger to give Ukwu and Douglas a break.