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'23 Media Day Recap: Brad White Edition

Brad White enters his 6th season at Kentucky and his 5th season as the Defensive Coordinator. He took the podium shortly after Mark Stoops today to discuss the outlook of the upcoming season. After a plethora of questions, here are the key takeaway and talking points that he covered.

The first question was about JJ Weaver and his development heading into his senior season. Brad White said it's hard not to see the similarities between Weaver and Josh Allen. Both guys put in a ton of work to be in this position and its up to JJ to make it happen. White mentioned Weaver putting on good weight to be able to play more snaps and be more durable in the SEC. JJ Weaver has battled injuries so far in his career but he is poised for a breakout season and expected to be the top pass rusher for the Wildcats.

The next question was about Deone Walker and how much of a leap he can take in year 2. "It doesn't just happen just because you're a year older" but he really harped that it takes a lot of hard work and focus to go from "good to great, great to elite." Deone recorded 40 tackles and 4.5 TFL's in his freshman season and will look to avoid a sophomore slump.

Another major question was about the secondary and the questions marks that have come from losing Keidron Smith and Carrington Valentine to the NFL Draft. While he acknowledged the losses, he says the group has played with a chip on their shoulder and is eager to prove they are capable to run the system. He raved about the progress this summer and the first few days of fall camp. He also mentioned senior safety Jalen Geiger as a guy who has returned from injury and is "100% ready to go." Geiger could be a major piece for the secondary and will be on breakout watch.

The last question was about Octavious Oxendine and getting back to who he was two seasons ago. Brad White said it's a work in progress to get him back up to a good playing weight but they've made good strides and should be at a good size by the start of the season. Seeing him on the field at media day, it definitely looks like he's added good weight to be able to handle the trenches in the SEC. Overall, good progress for the Kentucky product.



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