The University of Kentucky football team fell to Louisville 27-13 in the annual Governor's Cup game
Highly regarded prospect who graduated from junior college in December and enrolled at UK in January ... The nation's No. 1 junior-college strongside defensive end as evaluated by one scouting service ... Showed pass rush ability in spring practice ... Contributed six tackles, including a tackle for loss, in the Blue/White Spring Game ... Enters preseason practice as a starter
Junior College: The nation's No. 1 junior college strongside defensive end prospect as ranked by JCGridiron.com ... The nation's No. 10 overall juco prospect, and No. 2 defensive end, by ESPN ... Listed No. 15 overall, and the No. 2 weakside defensive end, by 24/7 Sports ... Totaled 47 tackles, including 6.5 quarterback sacks and 11 total tackles for loss, as a sophomore at East Mississippi Community College in Scooba, Miss. ... Named second-team All-America by the National Junior College Athletic Association ... Also named to the juco all-region and all-state teams ... Helped EMCC to an 8-2 record ... Made 19 tackles, featuring 4.5 sacks and seven total TFL, as a freshman ... EMCC won the 2011 NJCAA national championship with a 12-0 mark ... Head coach was Buddy Stephens and his defensive line coach was current UK assistant Jimmy Brumbaugh.
High School: A relative latecomer to the game as he grew up playing basketball at Greenville (Ala.) High School and didn't begin playing football until his senior year ...Coached at Greenville by Ben Blackmon .
Personal: Born in Montgomery, Ala. ... Son of Sharon Smith and Robert Meeks ... Major is community and leadership development ... Comes from an athletic family ... An older brother, Bob Meeks, played center at Auburn from 1988-91 and for the NFL's Denver Broncos ... A cousin, Davern Williams, played at Troy and for the NFL's New York Giants ... A niece, Kristi Mokube, currently plays basketball at Florida State.
Za'Darius Says ... If I could trade places with any athlete, it would be: the quarterback ... Other than the NFL, my dream job is: head football coach at my hometown high school ... If I could talk to anyone on Skype, it would be: God ... My game-day superstition is: wearing the same undershirt ... My favorite part of game day is: fourth quarter when the game is close.