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The senior will be a solid anchor on a defensive line that is expected to help carry the UK defense, especially early. At SEC Media Days, he was an outspoken, confident leader.
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If UK players have a question about their new defense, this senior linebacker is their first stop because he's a playbook professor. Williamson is a key leader off the field and on, where he led the team in tackles last season with 135.
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Back to his more natural position of defensive end, look for the junior from Georgia to put fear into many a quarterback this season, especially when paired with fellow end Za'Darius Smith.
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Healthier, faster and in better shape than he's ever been, coaches think the versatile senior running back can be a key weapon in the new offense.
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Quarterback performed nobly when thrown into action last season as a true freshman. He showed flashes of being not only an impressive runner, but also a solid passer in UK's spring game. Coaches call him a natural playmaker who will be on the field.FIVE PLAYERS YOU will KNOW
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The junior-college transfer knows the system and already has played under his current position coach. He's been an important teacher on a veteran line. And all 6-foot-6, 254 pounds of him makes him a seriously imposing threat.
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Coaches have so much faith in his future as a wide receiver that they put the sophomore on UK's pre-season poster. Legree is primed to have a breakout year, especially in the new system.
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When UK coaches stole him away at the last minute from Southern Cal, they knew they had something special. But the defensive end from Trinity has continued impressing them in fall camp and will see time as a true freshman.
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Called a "pit bull" by his head coach, this fearless, aggressive freshman will give Kentucky a different kind of rushing weapon and could become a top dog by the end of his time at UK.
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The freshman from Frankfort was a fan favorite before he got on campus, but with his versatility as a pass catcher and a runner, he could become a UK legend in a system he already knows.