OLB Coach Porter Impressed With Dupree
Unlike last years so far unsuccessful drafting of Jarvis Jones, Alvin “Bud” Dupree seems to be impressing the Pittsburgh Steelers in more ways than one.
Not only has Dupree impressed the Steelers on the practice field, the 6’4″.. 270lb..4.5 40 running Dupree has done it in outside linebacker meetings too. But more importantly he has impressed outside linebackers coach Joey Porter with the good questions he’s asked.
“He wants to know ‘Is this good enough, did I do that right? And when you get guys asking those questions, you know it means a lot to them. I mean we’re asking him to go out there and play football at a high level, pick up the concept of the defense and learn it in a fashionable amount of time for us to be ready to play and he accepts the challenge”. Porter told Pennlive.com
High praise coming from one of the most talented and feared outside linebackers to follow in the likes of Greg Lloyd and Kevin Greene. Not to mention a confidence builder for Dupree as well.
Porter also went on to say, “He’s just a smart guy. Just a guy that takes this personal, understands where he was drafted at and understands the stuff that we’re asking him is not a lot.”
Of course it’s not a lot. It’s doing exactly that he did to get to the point he is now..”play football “..and from the sound of it the 22nd pick overall in the 2015 NFL Draft is doing just that.
Dupree finished his career as one of the best defensive players in recent program history. He came to Kentucky as a tight end but quickly moved to defensive end and thrived in a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker role as a Wildcat. Dupree finished his Kentucky career ranked second in program history with 23.5 sacks and added 235 tackles with 38 tackles for loss. As a senior, Dupree totaled 74 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, two fumbles forced, a blocked kick and an interception.
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