Even more encouraging Monday in addition to Abren's play at nose tackle, was the good play of Ellery Moore on the outside.
Archer and defensive line coach Michael Gray has tried to shuffle guys in and out of different spots.
As it is right now, Lamar Mills and Ellery Moore are neck and neck at nose tackle after the first week of practice. Moore might have the edge because he is a senior, but Mills has done nothing to lose his spot.
At the end position, BJay Parsons has looked good, but will most likely be slated for second string; brought in as a situational defensive end. He has got a lot of speed, but his size is suspect at this point. He is going to have to use that speed to make up for his lack of size and as of now, has done that with good success. How he handles better offensive lines in the Southeastern Conference is something to look for next year.
Mielsch is a solid starter at one spot, as is Sweet Pea Burns at the other. Travis Day, whom sat out practice with an ankle injury, will be a solid sub, as will Ricky Abren and Parsons.
Overall, it is not only a deep line but a very solid group that compliments each other very nicely.
Monday, once again, showed that the sky is the limit for Kentucky's defensive front line.