Since Mark Stoops and his staff arrived on campus, not a single true freshman has played on Kentucky's offensive line.
"They're generally not strong enough," offensive line coach John Schlarman said. "That's what you worry about with the linemen a lot of times, when they get out of high school, they're not strong enough to get into a conference like this and compete."
Enter George Asafo-Adjei, who may well flip that theory on its head like it's an undersized defensive lineman.
At 6-foot-5, 315 pounds, Asafo-Adjei already is heavier than all but one regular starting lineman for UK last season. And even that player, Zach West, has just 3 pounds on the true freshman.
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Asafo-Adjei already looks the part.
"He's put together about as well as any high school lineman I've seen in a long time," Schlarman said.
On signing day in February, Stoops couldn't help but agree.
"You walk around the building and look at him, he looks as good or better than anybody we have on our team," the head coach said.
Right away, quarterback Patrick Towles noticed the newbie who's been working mostly at right guard with the first and second teams this spring.
"He's huge," Towles said. "His arms are massive. I think they're two of mine attached to his shoulder."
Asafo-Adjei (pronounced ah-SAH-fo ah-JAY) doesn't just look the part, either.
By graduating early from Lakota West in West Chester, Ohio, and coming to campus with the mid-year enrollees, he's been able to immerse himself in the offense.
"Being here at midterm is a benefit for him, getting some reps right now," Stoops said. "He's just got a maturity about him; he's physically ready to play. He picks things up, so he's really doing well."
Schlarman hedged a little bit when asked if Asafo-Adjei might be one of those rare offensive linemen who could play right away for Kentucky before saying: "He's making a good statement right now; he really is."
Maybe his coaches aren't verbalizing it just yet, but his teammates are.
Running back Stanley "Boom" Williams said he expects to see Asafo-Adjei in front of him on game days this fall.
"He's a real good offensive lineman," Williams said of the true freshman, who already ranks among the team's strongest in the weight room.
"He's opened up some holes for us. And it's real good because the older guys have really taken him in and showed him what to look for. He's really catching on well. I'm looking forward to him blocking for me this year."
Even the guys lined up on the other side of the ball from Asafo-Adjei said they try to be aware of where "Big George" is at all times.
He has a lot to learn, but he already brings a lot to the field, defensive tackle Melvin Lewis said.
"He definitely has a mean streak," Lewis said. "We've seen it a couple times in practice. He's one of those guys who likes to finish his blocks. If he gets you going, he's going to make sure he gets you to the ground."
This week, Stoops said it was hard to miss Asafo-Adjei as he "mauled" one of the Kentucky linebackers in practice.
Towles compared Asafo-Adjei to one of the last UK linemen to start as a true freshman: Jordan Swindle, who is expected to move from right tackle to left tackle this season.
"Off the field, one of the kindest guys you'll ever meet," Towles said of the new lineman.
"But on the field, he's kind of got that mean streak like Swindle has. He's not as outward about it as Swindle is or as aggressive about it as Swindle is, but he's made a lot of plays. He's a quick learner and he's really fighting hard."
That's all he knows how to do. Even though he's been one of the biggest kids in his class since first grade, Asafo-Adjei didn't start playing competitive football until his freshman year of high school.
He didn't start playing on varsity until his junior season.
"I just wanted to be good and try to go somewhere small," he said Wednesday. "I didn't think I'd be here, but I just kept working and coaches would tell me if I kept working, I could really go somewhere."
By the third game of his junior year, Asafo-Adjei had an offer from Kentucky, which he ultimately picked over Louisville, Florida, Ohio State and Nebraska.
It's his goal to get on the field in the fall, but mainly he's spending the spring trying to learn from the players around him.
"I'm pretty excited, but at the same time, it's nerve-wracking because you have to bring it every day," he said with a sheepish grin. "I just try to do everything as perfect as I can."