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    Bohanna playing his best football now

    By LARRY VAUGHT
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    Freshman defensive line Quinton Bohanna had his best game against Tennessee last week and even coach Mark Stoops had to admit Monday that he did well in "all phases" of his play.

    "He executed his assignment on blitzes and certain techniques that we needed to be better than we were a year ago. He executes some things and had some awareness. He was physical. He played with great effort. He did some good things, very good. Made tackles," Stoops said.

    "Theres been more production out of that position than weve had in awhile. Hes done some good things. Hes actually our player of the week defensively within our own team. Hes our defensive player of the week.

    He's moved ahead of senior nose guard Matt Elam and provided solid play along with starter Naquez Pringle.

    I think he has probably exceeded my expectations for his first year. I knew he was going to be a very good football player. Hes played well as a freshman. Thats a tough position, as you know. Playing nose in this league, youre getting banged around pretty good," Stoops said.

    The coach said good defenses have to be "firm up the middle" and that Bohanna's quickness helps him execute certain techniques better than other UK nose guards.

    "For a big body to be quick in his movements is important, but hes also very stout and disruptive. its very easy to get doubled and bounced out of there. So basically up the middle, youve gotta be strong at the point of attack. Hes not getting bounced around," Stoops said.

    Even better, he will have three more years to play for Kentucky and maybe give Stoops an anchor in the defensive front he's not had during his time at UK.

    "Very grateful that hes here. I love his attitude. Our players like him. Hes got a great demeanor about him. Hes very focused. Hes on a mission and I just like the way he handles business. If he continues to progress, he has a chance to be a really good player," Stoops said.

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    Re: Bohanna playing his best football now

    Wasn't it Bohanna that caught UT's center flinching and bowled him over, resulting in a false start penalty? Very heads up play on his part.
    Don't panic

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    Re: Bohanna playing his best football now

    This position has been a missing link for us during the Stoops era. You have to figure Bohanna will be get better each game for the rest of this year and then with another year to get stronger, he has stud written all over him.

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    Re: Bohanna playing his best football now

    Quote Originally Posted by Catfan73 View Post
    Wasn't it Bohanna that caught UT's center flinching and bowled him over, resulting in a false start penalty? Very heads up play on his part.
    Yup

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    Re: Bohanna playing his best football now

    Glad that he’s stepping up. Must be hard for Elam to have been passed by a freshman. Happy for the kid but sad for Matt.

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    Re: Bohanna playing his best football now

    I believe this guy is the difference between winning and losing against UT
    Real Fan since 1958

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    Re: Bohanna playing his best football now

    Quote Originally Posted by MickintheHam View Post
    I believe this guy is the difference between winning and losing against UT
    Him and SJ!

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    Re: Bohanna playing his best football now

    There,s a guy named Benny Snell who was most important, 190 yds and 3 tds

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