Aug 9, 2014 12:16 AM
Elam Called A Train On The Tracks
During the Kentucky Football media day, Head Coach, Mark Stoops, said he'll probably play about twelve to thirteen true freshmen this season. And, he added that it would be evenly distributed on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.
One player that is expected to play a lot is UK Defensive Lineman, Matt Elam. He chose the Wildcats over Alabama to be a part of turning around a program in his home state. Elam is from Elizabethtown where he played at John Hardin High School.
Elam is listed at 6'7" and says he's down from 392 pounds to 372. "I have definitely always been the biggest kid around. That comes as no surprise as you can see now," said Elam. "I just came from a lot of small kids and I was always bigger. But, I got used to it. It doesn't really bother me now."
Even the UK coaches say that they've not coached a bigger human being than Elam. And, remember Coach Stoops and Defensive Coordintor, D.J. Eliot came from Florida State. "Imagine a big train going fast down the track," is how Eliot described Elam. "But, when you see someone that big you don't expect to see an explosion and something so quick off the ball. He has that."
During one of his media day interviews, Elam was asked about playing little league football. Did parents try to get him kicked out of the league for being too old? "They was always like, we've got to check this kids license. I don't even have a license, I'm eight," he said as laughter erupted among the media and Elam.
The Freshman is already trying to improve his body with a UK nutritionist and he's trying to learn more about the game from the veteran players like Za'Darius Smith.