Kentucky’s most talented defenders will be back in 2018.
Following the 2017 season, we knew four or five underclassmen had to make a decision: NFL Draft, or one more year at UK. Mike Edwards and Josh Allen made official announcements earlier this week to return for one final year, but we did not hear anything about Denzil Ware or Jordan Jones. Today Allen provided some clarity.
While talking about the defense’s potential in 2018, Allen mentioned Ware as one of the top returners.
“We need senior leadership, leadership from people who’s been there, who’s been in the trenches, who’s been at Kentucky when they were bad…I feel like we have that now with me, Mike (Edwards), Denzil (Ware), (Derrick) Baity, Lonnie (Johnson).”
A few moments later, Allen said the defense’s potential for an exceptional season alongside his Blitz Bro played a big role in his decision to return.
“I feel like that played into it a lot, especially with Mike coming back, Denzil and Jordan, and Lonnie and Chris (Westry), Baity and Darius (West). It just, all around the board we’re going to be solid and I just want to be a part of that.”
With Jones and Ware in the fold, that means nine of Kentucky’s top ten tacklers and nine of 11 defensive starters will return for the 2018 season.