On Sunday, Phil Steele came out with his Midseason All Conference lists and two Kentucky Wildcat defenders made the list. Including senior linebacker Avery Williamson and defensive end Bud Dupree. Both of these players have been huge this year for the Wildcats and it is getting recognized as both were selected to Second Team All SEC.
Williamson, who was the SEC’s leading tackler last season seems to have the instincts to be a success at the next level. He is a solid tackler with tremendous speed and covering ability. He is the leader of the defense and is leading the team with 64 tackles, which ranks him first in the SEC in total tackles. The senior has also added 1.5 tackles for loss, a quarterback hurry and two fumble recoveries. Avery reminds me a lot of Wesley Woodyard or Danny Trevathan just by his size and speed, but I would go as far as to say he could very well go in the first or second round of the NFL draft is he keeps up what he is doing right now.
Bud Dupree is someone who has been plagued by injury this year but when he is in the game opposite to Za’Darius Smith he is a true force for the Wildcats. He used to be a linebacker for the Cats but with new Defensive Coordinator DJ Eliot taking the helm he moved him to a defensive end and that seems to have been the right decision by the way he is playing. Dupree is tied for the team lead with 4.5 tackles for loss, adding 3.5 sacks and 28 total tackles.