By LARRY VAUGHT
Coach Mark Stoops had some interesting things to say about defensive end Bud Dupree after Monday’s practice:
Question: How much will defensive end Bud Dupree’s development and leadership impact the defense?
Stoops: “Bud’s a real key part. I’ve said it over and over. But he is. He’s a good football player with good instincts. He’s really done a nice job with the leadership role. It’s key for him to have a great year and to continue to lead us.”
Question: Have Dupree and Za’Darius Smith reached a point where they sort of max out improving personally and end up doing more mentoring of younger guys?
Stoops: “Oh, no, they definitely can get better – and are. With Bud, it’s his versatility and making sure he’s getting enough quality reps to continue to progress with his hand in the dirt as a great D-lineman and then being able to get him some snaps on his feet and doing some other things and being versatile with Bud. So that’s a matter of just keep on getting reps there.
“With Z, you can never get enough reps and you’re always getting better. Again, that’s why Pete Jenkins is in here. It’s something we take great pride in. It’s something we did at Florida State. The better you play up front, the better you’re going to be. It starts up there. I think Coach Brumbaugh does a great job of developing those guys and we’ve got a long way to go with some young guys, but that’s key for us.”