Walker expects UK D-line to improve in 2024

Published 4:46 pm Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Sophomore All-American defensive lineman Deone Walker believes UK’s defensive front will be even better during the 2024 season.

“Our defensive line is the most experienced group on the UK team. We want to keep our wheels turning from last year,” Walker said. “We had a great season and got it going. We got the run stop defense but we really want to get after the quarterback more.

“It is not just me no more. There are a lot of guys we have who can make plays. I can’t get double-teamed all the time, or somebody else is going to hurt you. It’s pick your poison on how to block us.”

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Walker still had 48 quarterback hurries in 2023, the most of any defensive tackle in the nation.

Walker credits defensive line coach Anwar Stewart not only for his play but also the entire unit’s play.

“He stays on you no matter what. He knows where I came from and doesn’t want me sliding back,” Walker said. “He has connections with every defensive lineman on our team and that is one reason I really like him.”
Walker also said there was never a chance he was going to transfer despite the likely huge NIL dollars he could have received from many other schools.

“I am good here. Coach Stew is the coach who knows what I need to do. I love coach (Brad) White. I trust them to play me in the best position to succeed.”