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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: What Kind of Roster will the 2014 Recruits Find

I did a post several weeks ago that I think UK football can be back to being very competitive, and by competitive I mean bowl eligible, as soon as 2014 (Year 2 of Stoops).  Some might think that is ambitious because Joker left quite a mess.  But, I said that because the schedule become more favorable next year, the SEC will likely be weaker, and Year 2 usually goes better for a new coach.  But, another key reason I think 2014 can be a bounce back year for UK is because the roster will be loaded with quality experience at nearly every position.  Below I have broken down each position for what kind of depth it could potentially be equipped with.  Certainly, nobody knows about transfers, dismissals, added recruits, etc. for over a year from now.  But hey, it’s summer.  We always look this far ahead for the basketball team, why not do it for the football team too?

Class Listed will be for 2014 season (WALK ON’S NOT LISTED)
Those in RED are likely starters in 2013, thus returning starters for 2014 (PROJECTED)
Those in BLUE incoming players for 2014

QUARTERBACK
Max Smith (Junior): Started 3 games in 2012, likely to see significant action in 2013
Patrick Towles (Junior): Saw limited action in 2012, likely to see action in 2013
Jalen Whitlow (Junior): Started 7 games in 2012, likely to see action in 2013
Reese Phillips (Sophomore, RS Frosh?): Unlikely to see much action as Freshman, maybe redshirt?
Drew Barker (Freshman): 4-star recruit

RUNNING BACK (Raymond Sanders starter for 2013, senior)
Josh Clemons (Junior): 279 yards rushing in 2011, injured in 2012 and 2013 seasons
Dyshawn Mobley (Junior): 184 yards rushing in 2012, likely to see the field in 2013
Braylon Heard (Junior): Transfer from Nebraska, 348 yards in 2012
JoJo Kemp (Sophomore): Likely to be impact freshman in 2013
Boom Williams (Freshman): 4-star recruit
Mikel Horton (Freshman): 4-star recruit

WIDE RECEIVER
Demarco Robinson (Senior): 33 catches in 2011 and 2012, potentially top WR in 2013
Javess Blue (Senior): JC Transfer, going to see large amount of PT in 2013
Darryl Collins (Junior): 13 catches in 2012, potential starter in 2013
AJ Legree (Junior): 13 catches in 2012, looking to expand role in 2013
Rashaad Cunningham (Junior): Saw action but no catches in 2012, Good Spring Game means potential in 2013
Ryan Timmons (Sophomore): Likely to see significant action in 2013
Jeff Badet (Sophomore): Potential action in 2013 in pass happy offense
Alex Montgomery (Sophomore?): Talented but with experience ahead, future bright, maybe redshirt?
Dimitrious Davis (Sophomore): Transfer from Pitt, appealed to play in 2013
Thaddeus Snodgrass (Freshman): 4-star recruit
Tyre Brady (Freshman): 3-star recruit
T.V. Williams (Freshman): 3-star recruit

TIGHT END (Tyler Robinson likely starter for 2013, senior)
Ronnie Shields (Senior): 11 catches in 2011 and 2012, fight to see significant action in 2013
Steve Borden (Senior): JC Transfer, likely to see high action in 2013 as WR/TE
Darryl Long (Freshman): 3-star recruit

OFFENSIVE TACKLE (Miller and ????? for other starter)
Darian Miller (Senior): Started 12 games in 2012, Likely to do the same in 2013, OL Anchor in 2014?
Jordan Swindle (Junior): Played in 11 games in 2012, potential starter in 2013
John Gruenschlaeger (Junior): Played 12 games on S.Teams in 2012, will see field in 2013
Kyle Meadows (Sophomore): Expected to see field as Freshman in 2013
Justin Day (Sophomore?): Depth chart looks full, potential redshirt?
Derrick Kelly (Freshman): 2-star recruit

OFFENSIVE GUARD (Kevin Mitchell other Guard starter, 2013 Senior)
Teven Eatmon-Nared (Senior): Played 8 games in 2012, Likely backup in 2013
Zach West (Junior): Started 12 games in 2012, Likely to do the same in 2013
Shaquille Love (Junior): Potential to see first action at UK in 2013
Jordan Watson (Junior): Injured in 2012, could see some action in 2013
Ramsey Myers (Sophomore): May see field in 2013, potential to play multiple positions
Nicolas Haynes (Sophomore): Might not see much action in 2013, 2014 is his year
Jarrett LaRubbio (Freshman): 3-star recruit

CENTER
Zach Myers (Sophomore): Redshirted in 2012, likely starter but either way will see action in 2013
Jon Toth (Sophomore): Redshirted in 2012, battling for starting spot in 2013, will see field either way
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DEFENSIVE TACKLE (Donte Rumph and Mister Cobble starters for 2013, both seniors)
Christian Coleman (Senior): Started 2 games in 2011, played in 8 in 2012, likely backup in 2013
Mike Douglas (Senior): Unsure his role in 2013, for now will put him at this position
Melvin Lewis (Senior): JC Transfer, unsure of his role in 2013
Jabari Johnson (Junior): 2 tackles in 2012, moving to DT in 2013
Thomas Chapman (Sophomore): Redshirted in 2012, Potential backup in 2013
Patrick Graffree (Sophomore): Redshirt in 2012, Fight ahead to see field in 2013
Jacob Hyde (Sophomore?): 3-star recruit, maybe redshirt in 2013 with struggle on depth chart
Adrian Middleton (Freshman): 3-star recruit

DEFENSIVE END
Alvin “Bud” Dupree (Senior): Started 3 games in 2011, Started 12 games in 2012, 91 tackles, starter in 2013
Zadarius Smith (Senior): JC Transfer, expected to play significant role on line in 2013
Alvin Davis (Senior): Played in 24 games in 2011 and 2012, maybe not starter but will see good time in 2013
Farrington Huguenin (Junior): Started 1 game in 2012, potential starter in 2013, will see serious PT either way
Jason Hatcher (Sophomore): Highly touted recruit, likely to see field in 2013
Alvonte Bell (Sophomore): 4-star recruit, also will battle for PT in 2013
Langston Newton (Sophomore): Redshirt in 2012, will be in mix for PT but deep position
Denzel Ware (Freshman): 4-star recruit
Tymere Dubose (Freshman): 3-star recruit

LINEBACKER
Miles Simpson (Senior): Started 11 games in 2012, 70 tackles, key player for 2013
Tyler Brause (Senior): Started 1 game in 2012, good chance to start in 2013

Kory Brown (Senior): Played in 8 games in 2012, Likely key backup in 2013
Malcolm McDuffen (Senior): Played in 24 games last 2 years, will battle for significant PT in 2013
Travaughn Paschal (Senior): May move to DE in 2013, unsure where he will land
Khalid Henderson (Junior): 4-star recruit, played in 12 games in 2012, likely to see lots of PT in 2013
Josh Forrest (Junior): Played in 9 games in 2012, mostly as backup, will battle against many for PT
Dorian Hendrix (Freshman): 3-star recruit
Kobie Walker (Freshman): 3-star recruit
Nico Firios (Freshman): 3-star recruit

Ryan Flannigan (Junior): 2-star recruit, JC transfer

CORNERBACK (Quinn likely starter, unsure on 2nd starter for 2013)
Eric Simmons (Senior): Played in 1 game in 2012, longer shot to see significant time in 2013
Cody Quinn (Junior): Made 6 starts in 2012, Likely starter in 2013
Fred Tiller (Junior): Played in 11 games in 2012, will battle for starting spot in 2013
JD Harmon (Junior): Started 3 games in 2012, 2 interceptions, good shot at starting in 2013
Jaleel Hytchye (Sophomore): Chance to play as freshman in 2013
Blake McClain (Sophomore?): Depth thin at CB, might get chance to play in 2013
Chris Davis (Sophomore): Transfer from Pitt, appeal to play in 2013
Mike Edwards (Freshman): 4-star recruit
Jared Tucker (Freshman): 3-star recruit
Shyquawn Pulliam (Junior): JC Transfer

SAFETY (Unsure on 2 safety starters for 2013)
Ashley Lowery (Senior): Started 8 games before injury in 2012, potential starter in 2013
Nate Willis (Senior): JC Transfer, expected to play immediately, potentially start in secondary
Eric Dixon (Senior): Played in 8 games in 2012, 7 tackles, might not start but will see field in 2013
Glen Faulkner (Junior): Big time prospect, injured in 2012, looking to make big impact in 2013
Zack Blaylock (Junior): 3 starts in 2012, might see time at CB and S this season
Daron Blaylock (Junior): 1 start in 2012, might not start but will see field in 2013
Marcus McWilson (Sophomore): 4-star recruit, will potentially start and see tons of time in 2013
Josh Harris (Sophomore): Redshirt in 2012, we’ll see how much action he sees in 2013
Darius West (Freshman): 4-star recruit
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Assuming each of the incoming recruits qualifies and makes it to campus and that every scholarship player eligible to return does, you would have:

-41 Offensive Scholarship Players
-47 Defensive Scholarship Players
-2 Special Teams Scholarship Players (Austin McGinnis, Landon Foster)

That is 90 total scholarship players, which is 5 over the limit.  But as we all have seen, football offseason usually bring several players transferring to find more playing time or for disciplinary reasons.  We have already seen Mark Stoops boot several players off this years team.  Point being, the staff looks to be on a very good track to have a very good roster in 2014.  Just remember 1 year from now when UK will be looking pretty, and remember I told you first.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

34 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: What Kind of Roster will the 2014 Recruits Find



  1. What about us?
    9:09 am July 16, 2013 Permalink

    You have to remember the twins (who i assume are planning in being on scholarship 2014 even though theyre walking on for a year. And what about braylon heard? Am i missing something? Have we lost him? I honestly think he will be the starter or be an impact player in 2014.

    If these three are on scholarship. Thats 5 over! Wow



  2. Sting
    9:10 am July 16, 2013 Permalink

    I’m pissed. You left off my son. I will find you Bryan the Intern….



  3. 2kuk
    9:13 am July 16, 2013 Permalink

    No chance any receiver redshirts unless its for an injury.



  4. Bryan the Intern
    9:14 am July 16, 2013 Permalink

    2) Steve Borden, right there listed under Tight End.



  5. Chill fool
    9:15 am July 16, 2013 Permalink

    Deep breaths sting. Steven is listed at wr



  6. I Say
    9:21 am July 16, 2013 Permalink

    Yeah as #1 said, why isn’t Braylon Heard on this list?



  7. Azubuike's Bicep
    9:22 am July 16, 2013 Permalink

    Corey Nichols would’ve NEVER done this much research.



  8. Musehobo
    9:22 am July 16, 2013 Permalink

    I’ve got to think that 2015 is the year we look to be bowl eligible. This gives Stoops 1 year with his own recruits (not counting this year, didn’t have enough time to recruit). Anything else, will be a bonus. I don’t think our expectations should be bowl next year, just improvement.



  9. Bryan the Intern
    9:27 am July 16, 2013 Permalink

    1 and 6) Good catch. Changes have been made.



  10. kes
    9:38 am July 16, 2013 Permalink

    miles simpson isnt a senior



  11. Good times
    9:41 am July 16, 2013 Permalink

    I thought Demarco Robinson was leaving the team due to academics. Did I miss something where he is able to return?



  12. Bryan the Intern
    9:42 am July 16, 2013 Permalink

    10) Sigh.



  13. Good times
    9:48 am July 16, 2013 Permalink

    Nevermind, I’m thinking of DeMarcus Sweat



  14. asdf
    9:56 am July 16, 2013 Permalink

    #11 thanks for the heart attack



  15. Diaper
    9:58 am July 16, 2013 Permalink

    Willis will be playing safety? Thought he was corner.



  16. junior
    9:58 am July 16, 2013 Permalink

    What happened to Jonathan George?



  17. Zed
    9:59 am July 16, 2013 Permalink

    Intern, UK will be 2-10 in 2014



  18. junior
    10:04 am July 16, 2013 Permalink

    Sorry. I need to read next time. Carry on. Go Cats.



  19. What?
    10:04 am July 16, 2013 Permalink

    Nate Willis at Safety? Tyler Brause as a returning starter in 2014? A couple of the things in this list have no shot of being true.



  20. Matt
    10:10 am July 16, 2013 Permalink

    So who do you think are the starters at running back, tight end, defensive tackle, and safety. Also, you didn’t even list a third linebacker starter or a second cornerback starter. Thirdly, Tyre Brady isn’t even part of the 2014 recruiting class. Fourthly, not only will Max Smith not be the starter, you misspelled the actual starter at quarterback name wrong. It’s Jalen, not Jaylen.



  21. Matt
    10:11 am July 16, 2013 Permalink

    And since when was Nicholas Haynes a tight end? The guy is an offensive linemen.



  22. Deacon
    10:11 am July 16, 2013 Permalink

    Linebackers for 2014 look extremely weak. Brause should not see the field this year or next, not if we are looking to improve. We need to focus on finding a JUCO LB (or two) who can come in and play in the middle for 2014.



  23. wizard
    10:13 am July 16, 2013 Permalink

    Safety J.D. Horton and (tackle ) genderhetfedferdeds are walk ons. And G….. that is listed at tackle is a guard



  24. thats budda
    10:17 am July 16, 2013 Permalink

    Both lines need some recruiting attention



  25. Matt
    10:22 am July 16, 2013 Permalink

    It’s JD Harmon, not Horton.



  26. Matt
    10:23 am July 16, 2013 Permalink

    And he isn’t a walk on, he was given a scholarship by joker after he intercepted 2 passes when we played Missouri.



  27. Big Whoop
    10:45 am July 16, 2013 Permalink

    Did I miss DT Regie Meant?

    Anyone know any other Walk-ons who are now on scholarship?



  28. NO MATT JONES
    10:54 am July 16, 2013 Permalink

    Sanders and George are both seniors, I thought. Wont they be gone after this year?



  29. PhilUK18
    10:57 am July 16, 2013 Permalink

    24.

    Don’t you think other spots than D line need more attention on defense? With Bud Dupree and Zadarius Smith as Seniors we should be pretty respectable on that front. I would be more concerned with CB and LB, by a long shot



  30. Bobbum man
    11:04 am July 16, 2013 Permalink

    Yeah we could use some LBs and CBs for sure



  31. dshwildcats
    11:28 am July 16, 2013 Permalink

    Musehobo,

    I don’t think expecting a bowl game in 2014 is asking too much, and here’s why. When Mumme came in 1997, we went 5-6, after some very lean years with Coach Curry. In 1998, we had a lot of starters returning, especially at the skilled positions. They had a year under their belts in the Air Raid offense. We’ll be in a similar situation next season. But the main difference should be how good we are on defense. As we all remember, Hal Mumme really didn’t concern himself too much with having a stout defense. He was more than happy to try and outscore an opponent (of course, we all know that philosophy doesn’t work very well in the SEC). We won 7 games in the ’98 season, with a mediocre to bad defense. We were 54th in Rush Defense; 91st in Pass Defense; and, 69th in Total Defense. I can’t imagine that under Coach Stoops (a defensive minded coach), we won’t be much better than 69th in Total Defense in the 2nd year under his system. That 2-10 team last season was 59th in Total Defense.

    If we have a wide open, productive offense, combined with a defense that’s not giving up 40 or 50 points a game, I could definitely see us becoming bowl eligible next season.



  32. Hollahollaholla
    12:28 pm July 16, 2013 Permalink

    Drew Barker may be a 4*, but add in his leadership and recruiting ability and he is a 5* +++!!



  33. J A Brooks
    1:04 pm July 16, 2013 Permalink

    Willis will be a corner not a safety.

    Badet is the only wr who will possibly redshirt, not Montgomery, staffconcerned about badets size.

    Henderson will start at OLB this year and next



  34. ClayCoCat
    1:16 pm July 16, 2013 Permalink

    You left of Jacob Hyde.