Times are a changing for the UK Football

Lack of top notch talent and depth has plagued University of Kentucky football staffs for the past several years. However, times are a changing. Just ask defensive line coach Tom Adams. In the past Coach Adams was forced to play many walk-ons and even converted tight ends on his D-Line against the SEC's best.

Coach Adams must feel truly blessed with the most talented DT rotation in recent memory. Dewayne Robertson is destined for NFL greatness, Jeremy Caudill, one of the most highly recruited players on the squad, turned down Florida State and Tennessee to play with the Cats, Ellery Moore, an original Penn State signee has bulked up and shown signs of greatness, and John "Buck" Robinson is a hoss that any SEC team would love to have as a back up. Coach Morriss likes this trend of quality depth and talent on his defensive line, and to prove it he has added another stud to battle SEC foes in the trenches.

Considered one of the nation's top prep defensive linemen of 2001, Bennie Mills of Archbishop Rummel High School, in Metairie, Louisiana has decided to transfer to the University of Kentucky. The 6-3 280 pound defensive tackle (5.0 forty) will join his younger brother Lamar, who committed to the Wildcats in February. The elder Mills was listed on everybody's top recruit charts in 2001 when he committed to the University of Florida including:

National Bluechips All-America Team selection and ranked among the nation's top eight players at defensive tackle by that publication

Ranked among the nation's top eight defensive tackles by rivals.com network

Named to SuperPrep's All-America Team and that publication ranked him among the nation's top 30 defensive linemen

Named to PrepStar's All-America Team and that publication ranked him among the top 11 defensive linemen in the southeast

A two-year starter at defensive tackle who was named MVP of the New Orleans Catholic League and district MVP in 1999 after posting 105 tackles with nine QB sacks.

Bennie will be eligible for the 2003-2004 campaign, the same year that barring any injuries to the current rotation, will see younger brother Lamar ready as a redshirt freshman. "The Mills brothers are very close to each other" says former High School coach to both young men, Jay Roth. According to Roth they both have excellent motors, "Bennie is bigger and is a bull, great push, at 6'1 Lamar is shorter but much quicker", however don't expect the younger brother to get pushed around, "Lamar is ahead strength wise at this point than Bennie was coming out of high school." The younger Mills had the opportunity to spend four years in Rummel's weight program versus Bennie's two. Nonetheless, Bennie brings experience and training from the Florida Gators, one the best programs in all college football. "Bennie wants to play defense and likes the idea of playing with his brother", stated coach Roth, when asked why Mills transferred. "These Mills boys can flat out play football, they will definitely produce for Coach Morriss."

Times are a changing for the University of Kentucky Football Wildcats and they begin in the trenches! Go Cats!!

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