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Dupree will stay at DE, but will play linebacker in 3-4 packages

By LARRY VAUGHT

Bud Dupree was a preseason all-Southeastern Conference selection at defensive end, the spot he moved to this season after playing linebacker most of his first two years at Kentucky.

On his weekly radio show Monday night, UK coach Mark Stoops revealed he was thinking of moving Dupree back to linebacker because of UK’s lackadaisical play in the opening game loss to Western Kentucky.

Tuesday after practice, Stoops said that move was not coming since UK had moved TraVaughn Paschal from end to linebacker for Saturday’s game against Miami (Ohio)/

“We need Bud at end. He’s playing very well and has the ability to play well and play much better even than he did. He’s a good player and talented player. We all are looking to get better, like I said,” said Stoops.

Kentucky defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot said Dupree could play linebacker in some 3-4 packages UK will use.

“He’s an outside backer in our 3-4 packages. So we may call those schemes more often or we may not, but we definitely have that package, and he is an outside linebacker in that package,” Eliot said.

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  1. RJ

    Smart move. Let leaders play in positions of leadership without losing their talent. Give’em h@@@ Bud.

  2. Jim Harris

    I’m sure many surprises turn up in the first game(s) when players are challenged in their first game of the season. And the staff may get vastly different insights when these youngsters start playing for real.

    Changes need to be made. But knee-jerk reactions based on a single game can be dangerous. It looks as if Smith should have been our QB after one game, but the staff had spring and fall to watch before making their decision otherwise. After all that practicing and choosing a starter, is it wise to re-do the thing based on a single game in which neither QB got much team support?

  3. Little Baron

    Yes, I believe it is essential for UK to have a genuine QB – ie, one who can pass. We all knew Whitlow was not a passing QB long before WKU. I think many posters hit it when they pointed out that he may have looked good against the beleaguered defense carryover from last year, in practice… but reality set in when we played just an average defense.

    If UK is ever going to make a dent into the SEC conference, we will need QB’s who can make a quick read of the D and release a quick accurate

  4. Little Baron

    Yes, I believe it is essential for UK to have a genuine QB – ie, one who can pass. We all knew Whitlow was not a passing QB long before WKU. I think many posters hit it when they pointed out that he may have looked good against the beleaguered defense carryover from last year, in practice… but reality set in when we played just an average defense.

    If UK is ever going to make a dent into the SEC conference, we will need QB’s who can make a quick read of the D and release a quick accurate pass – both short & deep. Whitlow is not the answer. We need his skills elsewhere to help the team.

    Not an expert, but I can see if a player can make quick decisions & pass accurately. We’ll just have to give Stoppa a mulligan on this one… And hope he learns quickly to trust his OC and leave the player selection on the offense to the staff with offensive experience. This will be a big test immediately to see if Stop

  5. Gene T.

    I was surprised Whitlow came out as the starter. I was hoping Smith would start and bring Whitlow in on certain packages. I think that is what we will see now. Whitlow is too good of an athlete not to be on the field. I hope he may become a flanker or sometimes in a Wildcat formation. We need all the athletes/playmakers we can get on the field. I remember us letting Shane Boyd carry a clip board for 3 years when he could have helped us in so many ways on the field. I trust this staff knows this and will make the right moves. I believe in this Coaching staff.

  6. Larry Pup

    I think school’s still out on both of these QB’s right now. Like Coach has said, both can do some good things. I think it is the right move to start Smith against Miami, but he must stay healthy and he must produce. The offensive line has to do a much better job too. I would also like to know how the freshman Phillips is doing? Miami got killed by Marshall. I hope UK don’t take this team lightly. Miami will come to play and redeem themselves. UK needs to take care of business quick.

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