Posted: Aug 14, 2012 3:43 PM by Alan Cutler
Updated: Aug 14, 2012 3:45 PM
It isn't everyday that UK has a 6-foot-4 and a half inch, 255-pound linebacker that can run.
Alvin "Bud" Dupree was first team all-state in Georgia. He was a four year starter in high school. Last year he shadowed Danny Trevathan, whose now battling for a starting job in Denver, and Winston Guy, who is trying to make it in Seattle. This young group of linebackers believes they can be better.
"We just try and be a better group as a whole," says Dupree. "We don't try to be better individual. We just try to be better as one."
Two is a crazy number. That's the number of sacks Bud Dupree wants per game. That's not possible.
"I want to get two a game, so we play 13 that's 26."
When you suggest that nobody gets 26, he laughs.
"We'll see how it plays out."
With a new group of starting linebackers, it's easier for Dupree to be a leader. Believes that he and Avery Williamson, who will call the defensive signals, are the leaders in the linebacker meeting room. And that he has always been a leader going back to high school when he was younger than many of his peers.
The bottom line is production. If Dupree gets his sack a game, this is a different football team.
"It will. The whole mindset will change. Everybody will change then. Once everybody starts doing as one, then we'll turn it up a different notch."
Dupree did what coaches love. He forced his way on the field last year as a true freshman because he's that talented. Starting three games he had 2.5 sacks. It might not be long until he's double teamed, which is something that also doesn't happen very often at UK.