Kentucky nose tackle Quinton Bohanna was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL Draft. Bohanna has been a consistent force in the middle of the Wildcat defense for four seasons. First, we’ll take a look at Bohanna’s UK career and project how Brad White replaces his multi-year starting nose tackle.
Quinton Bohanna played in 45 career games with 33 starts including 27 consecutive. The All SEC defensive lineman recorded 59 career tackles, 9 tackles for loss 4 pass breakups, 3 quarterback hurries, 1 forced fumble, and 1 fumble recovery. Bohanna’s primary role in UK’s 3-4 defense has been to eat up double teams in order to free up tacklers. He did that at an extremely high level and was named all-conference by PFF.
Replacing Bohanna’s veteran experience should be an easy transition for the Wildcats. Marquan McCall has been Bohanna’s primary backup for the past three seasons. McCall has played in 31 games including 3 starts. The 6’3, 350-pound senior has registered 48 career tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 2 fumble recoveries, and 1 pass breakup.
McCall has changed his body by losing weight going into his final season in Lexington. 2021 is an important season for the Michigan native. Next season will be McCall’s year to be the team’s feature nose tackle and prove his worth to the National Football League.
Joining McCall will be former 5-star prospect Justin Rogers. Rogers played in 7 games a year ago in which he recorded 9 tackles and 1 tackle for loss. The 6’3, 336-pound sophomore came to Lexington with a tremendous amount of hype. With Bohanna off to the NFL, 2021 is the year in which Rogers can earn meaningful snaps at the nose tackle position.
What Does All This Mean?
Quinton Bohanna played a great deal of football for the Wildcats. He did so at a high level. It’s now Bully McCall’s time to anchor the UK defense. Justin Rogers is a former 5-star prospect that played as a true freshman a year.
Replacing an NFL nose tackle is never an easy proposition. However, Kentucky is talented and deep in the middle of the defense.