The 14 head coaches across the Southeastern Conference have been questioned and polled on their picks to who might become all-conference worthy of players this season. Not shocking, three Kentucky players were included in that mix to rise to the top and perform at the highest level in the leagues' hardest conference.
Eli Cox (Third Team Offense), Deone Walker (Second Team Defense) and J.J. Weaver (Second Team Defense) joined the impressive club of the projected All-SEC participants.
Deone is the only one of the three with just one year of experience to alter the thoughts of the coaches who answered. Eli Cox and J.J. Weaver both have been with the program since 2019 as redshirt freshmen. While those two look to bring dominant veteran leadership to the line, Walker brings the one-of-a-kind young talent that's expected to have a bright, bright future. He played in all 13 games as a freshman (11 starts) and totaled 40 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, five quarterback hurries, two pass breakups, one sack, and one forced fumble. He will be the face of the defense for the next two seasons and will exit this program as one of the next "greats".
While that's great to acknowledge, Cox and Weaver's combined 65 games is just as important. They've been in the program for multiple years and know exactly what is expected of them to continue the success on the line in this extremely tough conference. Both natives of the state, their passion gives them that extra drive to fight for a win on the team they've grown up watching. There's no questioning their efforts and won't be this season either.
Mark Stoops sure does have himself three monsters of football players who thankfully the rest of the league sees fit as well.