Wins and losses are often determined on the offensive line. Often the leader of the offensive line is the center. Kentucky worked to sign Sam Simpson, Scout's number three center in the country. What made Simpson the number three center in the country? "Just knowledge of the game," said the 6-foot-4, 292-pounder.
Simpson has a few aspects of his game that he wants to work on. "I just want to work on basic things: speed and strength. I also need to work on terminology on the next level," said Simpson.
Henry Clay went 6-5 this season, not as good as in the past, but they saw the team gradually get better. "We turned it on towards the end. We had a young group on the line. It was the first year starting for four of our linemen," said Simpson. "I played pretty well. I continued to learn on the go," he said.
As with any top quality player, several schools were interested in his services. "I had it down to five (schools), before I decided. It was Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee, Alabama and Vanderbilt," said Simpson.
So why'd Simpson become a Wildcat? "It was the atmosphere and the coaching staff. They are playing really well. They are on the rise and have a good class coming in," said Simpson. There's also a more obvious reason for the choice. "It's home and I get to play in front of the people I know."
Kentucky had Jorge Gonzales returning at the starter next season, but that isn't going to stop Sam from coming in and working for the position. "They put it on me to go in and prepare myself. They want me to compete for a spot. Whether I get it or not, it will make everybody better if I work hard," said Simpson.