Darrian Miller #77
Bryan Station High School
As a high school senior Miller was one of the nation’s top-20 OT’s per scout and top-125 players nationally. He played tackle, guard and DE at Bryan Station where he received many Kentucky awards and honors.
As a true freshman he made an immediate impact, starting 2 games (including Louisville) but playing all 12, a difficult feat for a lineman. He also played a little tight end in the famous win over Tennessee (“with a wide receiver at quarterback!” Never gets old, does it?). As a sophomore and junior he started all 12 games. Last season he helped 3 different players rush for more than 400 yards as left tackle.
With the quarterback controversy heating up, his job as the blindside protector is becoming more and more important and he has handled it well showing significant improvement each season.
I think that Miller will retain his starting job and behind him on the chart should be fellow senior Tevon Eatmon-Nared.
Jervontius “Bunchy” Stallings #65
Spain Park High School
Given 3 stars by ESPN and 247 and 2 by Rivals, Kentucky was one of two SEC offers for this Alabama-native; the other being Mississippi State. Stallings was the last commit of the 2014 class committing around 2 weeks before National Sign Day. Per 24/7 he is the #15 center in the country.
There wasn’t a whole lot of information about Stallings buzzing around before his commitment (that I came across at least), but one story you may remember about this guy is just how bad the coaches wanted him. Neal Brown and John Scharlman were on the way to his high school when a snowstorm completely shut down traffic- but they didn’t let that stop them. They walked about 1-2 miles to Spain Park High School in the snow where students were snowed in to speak to their future center until around 4 a.m. and received his commitment that day. Talk about dedication…
His high school coach described him as “raw” saying that his last 3-4 games showed much improvement. It was also noted he shed around 35 pounds his senior year and worked harder in the classroom to rack up more offers and inevitably end up at Kentucky. His brother- Tre’ Stallings, played for Ole Miss.
Jon Toth is Kentucky’s current center. His redshirt freshman season he got his starting spot in the second game and never gave it up. He was named SEC All-Freshman and is currently one of 66 centers nationally on the Rimington Trophy Watch List. Behind Toth is another sophomore, Zach Myers. I do not see Stallings replacing Toth as the starter barring any unusual circumstances or injury. While he may compete with Myers, I think the coaches may redshirt Stallings and have him in the weight room heavy this season; few lineman make a serious impact as a true freshman. Once he bulks up and gets a hang of everything I see him being a serious contender.
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