June 24, 2024

 

Kentucky's Big Blue Wall has pieces to succeed in 2023 but the future is a  huge question mark - On3 Kentucky is close to reaching an agreement with former Alabama offensive line coach Eric Wolford to bring him back to Lexington. Zach Yenser, who recently finished his second season with the SEC team, is the offensive line coach at the moment. Yenser was recruiting earlier today for the Wildcats after signing a one-year deal in December.

Prior to moving to Tuscaloosa in 2021, Wolford was the Wildcats’ previous coach. He has coached the offensive line for 13 seasons at the Power 5 level, with stints at South Carolina, Arizona, and Illinois. Like Yenser, he spent two seasons (2015) and 2016 as an assistant offensive line coach with the San Francisco 49ers. He was also the run game coordinator on Steve Spurrier’s staff in 2009.

Prior to moving to Tuscaloosa in 2021, Wolford was the Wildcats’ previous coach. He has coached the offensive line for 13 seasons at the Power 5 level, with stints at South Carolina, Arizona, and Illinois. Like Yenser, he spent two seasons (2015) and 2016 as an assistant offensive line coach with the San Francisco 49ers. He was also the run game coordinator on Steve Spurrier’s staff in 2009.

Deone Walker, a defensive tackle, is expected to be the program’s highest-drafted player since Josh Allen, who was selected seventh overall in 2019, according to the coach’s aggressive recruiting efforts. Additionally, he helped the UK land Barion Brown, a wide receiver. Remarkably, Wolford was Rico Scott’s main recruiter when he was a former target for the UK.

It will be Wolford’s responsibility to revitalize the “Big Blue Wall.” With left tackle Marques Cox and interior offensive lineman Eli Cox, Jager Burton, and Dylan Ray returning, the team in 2023 will be loaded with experience. Gerald Mincey, a transfer from Tennessee, will face competition from reserve right tackle Courtland Ford. Jalen Farmer, a transfer offensive guard from Florida, was also signed by the Wildcats.

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