Kentucky football’s Boogie Watson using Josh Allen comparisons as motivation

Allen and Watson share similar career stats headed into their senior seasons

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LEXINGTON, Ky (WTVQ) – Senior outside linebacker Boogie Watson has been knocking on the door of a breakthrough.
As a junior, He finished last season 6th in the SEC in sacks. Before spring football was cut short do to the pandemic, Watson says he was at the top of his game.

“I kinda felt the best just physically and knowing the whole playbook,” Watson said. “I felt like I was finally putting it all together. That first practice I was moving probably the best I’ve moved. My pass rushes were looking the best since I’ve been here, especially for spring ball. I think I was definitely building off the end of last season.”

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When Solid Blue fans think of an outside linebacker having a breakout year, former national defensive player of the year Josh Allen comes to mind. There are similarities.

In 2018, as a sophomore Watson had a sack in four-straight games. Who was the last player to do that? Josh Allen when he was a sophomore.
Watson had 5 sacks in all of 2018…behind josh Allen.
Coming out of high school, both were low-ranked recruits. Boogie was a three-star recruit and Allen was a two star.
Last season, Watson had 6 and half sacks and as a junior Allen had 7.
The comparisons make sense.

“I love it. It motivates me. It shows me that people think I have the ability, the natural ability to kinda do what he did while he was here. Everyone knows what he’s done when he was here, it’s no secret. Having a breakout year, SEC Player of the Year, and going on to be the #7 draft pick. So for me, it motivates me. It gives me a bar to reach every time I go to work.”

The big question, Can Watson make the jump Allen made as a senior?
Watson knows how to take his game to that level.

“I’d say finishing plays. If you go back and look at the film and talk to Coach White, the amount of sacks I probably left on the field. I probably left four or five sacks where I just missed the ball by a half an inch or let the guy slip out of my hands and throw it out of bounds or something like that. Add those three or four and we’re talking about 10.5 sacks instead of 6.5. I feel like if I just finish those plays and keep grinding and try to put my best foot forward.”

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Bryan Kennedy hails from the Bluegrass State. He was born and raised in Owensboro, KY where he graduated from Apollo High School in 2006. Bryan graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Spanish in 2010. He also received his master's degree in Sports Media and Branding from Western Kentucky University. While at UK, Bryan was the general manager of the on-campus TV station. He also did sports reporting, anchoring, producing and even the weather for UK Student News Network. While working for UKSNN, he also had the pleasure of covering Coach John Calipari's first press conference when he was introduced as the new head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats; easily one of his favorite moments as a young sports reporter. Before coming to ABC 36, Bryan was a morning anchor and reporter at WXXV News 25, our sister station in Gulfport, MS. He anchored more than four hours of news every day, including morning shows on NBC and Fox. While down south, Bryan had the opportunity to cover the Sugar Bowl, New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans. After spending a little more than two years at WXXV, Bryan is extremely excited to return home. In his spare time, Bryan enjoys playing sports, especially rugby. He also enjoys crossfitting and watching sports (obviously). He's extremely excited to cover Central Kentucky. Feel free to say hello and send story ideas toBKennedy@wtvq.com