The Kentucky Wildcats are actually starting to look like an SEC football team. It’s true that the Wildcats are coming off of a 2-10 season, and that Mark Stoops and his team are picked to finish last in the SEC East again this season. But these Wildcats are at least starting to look like a team that can eventually compete against the national powers in the nation’s toughest football conference.
Some of the physical specimens on display during fall camp are very impressive. For example, true freshman defensive lineman Matt Elam is a beast. He stands 6-7 and weighs somewhere in the neighborhood of 375 pounds. Elam, who picked Kentucky over the Alabama Crimson Tide, is expected to contribute right away.
Kentucky’s wide receivers are also much larger, physically, than last year’s unit. Among those that are impressive are 6-5, 198-pound true freshman Blake Bone; 6-3, 197-pound true freshman Dorian Baker; and 6-2, 210-pound sophomore Alexander Montgomery, although he is injured and may miss part of the 2014 season.
Overall, Kentucky appears to be in good physical shape, which is important for teams that are trying to build the necessary depth to compete in the SEC. It also shows that the players have bought into what Stoops and his staff are preaching about being in better physical condition in order to get better on the field.
Kentucky is probably still at least a year away from competing against the powers in the SEC. But at least this team looks the part of one that can make noise this fall.
Tim Letcher is a contributing writer for RantSports.com and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter @TimLetcher , on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.