South Carolina Gamecocks fullback Qua Gilchrist (43) carries the ball during the second half at Commonwealth Stadium Sept. 29, 2012 in Lexington, Ky. On defense is Kentucky Wildcats linebacker Alvin Dupree (2). Photo by Amy Wallot Herald-Leader Buy Photo

Kentucky Football 2013: Defensive Wins Championships

With all the new faces around Kentucky football from players to coaches, there are a lot of new personalities and systems that have changed. With returning defensive stars such as linebackers Avery Williamson and Bud Dupree coming back, the defense will look to be at the top of the SEC this season. Former Florida State Defensive Coordinator D.J. Eliot’s new system that is coming into play he will put former Hybrid Linebacker Dupree to the test and insert him at Defensive End this season. With Dupree on one side and JUCO transfer Za’Darius Smith on the other the defensive line looks to get after the opposing quarterbacks this coming year. This will be very helpful for the young secondary that the Wildcats will have this upcoming season and Eliot likes his squad especially Dupree. Saying “I had recruited Bud when I was at Florida State.” “I had evaluated him. We had him at camp. So I knew his talents that he had before I got here.” Former Kentucky Defensive Coordinator Rick Minter had the 6’4″ 254 pound Dupree at his Hybrid Linebacker position in his 3-4 scheme where Kentucky standout Winston Guy played before him. But in Eliot’s very successful 4-3 system he is the prototypical Defensive End. Most people are talking about the position battles on the offensive side of the football for the Wildcats this spring but looking at the defense it is just as intense. There will be a lot of new faces that Kentucky fans have not seen before and I think they will make a huge impact.

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