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* From UK Media Relations...
LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky football seniors Larry Warford and La’Rod King have begun their senior seasons with a significant honor from the coaches of the Southeastern Conference after both were named to the 2012 Preseason Coaches’ All-SEC Team, the league office announced Thursday.
Warford, from Richmond, Ky., was named as a first-team offensive lineman, while King, (Radcliff, Ky.), was selected as a second-team wide receiver. This is the second first-team preseason selection for Warford, who was also named to the first-team last season. This is the first preseason selection for King.
Warford had an outstanding season in 2011, earning postseason All-SEC second-team honors by SEC coaches, Associated Press and Phil Steele’s College Footbal/. The 6-foot-3, 343-pound offensive guard has led Kentucky in knockdown blocks each of the last two seasons, including 34 last season. Warford, who graded at 87.5 percent last year by the UK coaching staff, has played in 35 career games for Kentucky, including 25 consecutive starts. Prior to 2011, Warford was named Sophomore All-America second team by CollegeFootballNews.com in 2010, while also earning All-SEC second-team honors by SEC coaches, AP, Rivals.com and Phil Steele’s College Football.
King continued to show playmaking ability last season and will anchor UK’s wide receiver corps in 2012. King’s career totals include 86 receptions for 1,218 yards and 13 touchdowns. King led UK in 2011, making 40 catches for 598 yards and seven touchdowns, ranking him in the top 10 in the SEC in each category. The 6-foot-4 wide out had a pair of 100-yard games last season against Ole Miss and Central Michigan, while he made a career-high seven catches against Louisville and a personal-best two touchdowns against Jacksonville State. For his career, King ranks eighth in school history in touchdown receptions and 19th in program history in receiving yards. The Kentucky native has played in 36 career games with 18 starts.
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Congrats to both and thanks for the info, Jeff.
This, I like to read and hope to see plenty more of:
"The 6-foot-3, 343-pound offensive guard has led Kentucky in knockdown blocks each of the last two seasons, including 34 last season. "
I hope King can really take off this year.
Warford on the other hand is gonna be a high draft pick next year.
What do we think is the highest a guy like Warford could go? And where do we THINK he will really go? He seems to have everything the NFL guys look for in an OL, and has the perfect size.
Guards typically go in the 3rd round if they are really good. Maybe the second.
I'm pleasently suprised at King's honor. The SEC coaches must know that he were awful early in the year at qb. Hopefully he shines with better players around him and a better qb.
I believe guards usually don't go that high. tackles are the premo highly drafted O line position. maybe 3rd round or so for Larry.
2 guards were drafted in the first round of this year's draft. Pittsburgh selected David DeCastro from Stanford and the Bengals selected Kevin Zeitler from Wisconsin. So, it's not unreal to think Larry could go high. With the new draft cap, teams aren't as cautious on selecting positions like a guard this high, because you won't have to overspend to get them like you would have in previous years.
This post was edited by TheMayor 21 months ago
That's what I was thinking. I knew we had seen more guards drafted in the 1st and 2nd rounds, so is there a fair degree of certainty that he is a top 3 OG this year? I haven't much rumbling about any others--you usually don't until the mocks start coming out I guess.
Nothing is certain when it comes to projections, but I know that Larry is pretty highly thought of by most people in the scouting world. Phil Steele (who you may or may not love, but he knows his stuff) has him rated as the 4th best G in college football, if I'm not mistaken. So, that gives you an idea. I would venture to guess that, barring an abysmal season and/or combine, Larry should go within the first 4 rounds of the draft next year. (Would love to see the Bengals get him to pair with Zeitler )
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