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New scheme will help, but Cats have to stay healthy

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Last night we confirmed the departure of two very promising defensive line for UK.  Both Nermin Delic and Brice Laughlin were expected to contribute a lot in 2011.  More so, they were going to gain a lot of valuable experience and help anchor the line in 2012 and 2013.  If UK stays healthy in 2011, the team won’t feel the impact so bad.  Still, that’s asking a lot.

Rick Minter’s new defensive scheme will help hide the impact of losing two young defensive line prospects. Below is a snap shot of how the defensive line could play out in 2011.

Both Collins Ukwu and Taylor Wyndham will return at the defensive end positions.  There has been some talk that Wyndham may play inside on certain downs, which would have opened up more playing time for Nermin Delic.  Now, it appears Mike Douglas and Alvin Davis will be the primary back-ups at defensive end.  It will be interesting to see if Tristan Johnson can make a move this fall and crack the rotation.

Mister Cobble was injured this spring and still recovering from shoulder surgery.  Donte Rumph has been named the projected starter coming out of spring.  Assuming Cobble has no set backs, he should see significant action this fall.  Also, the Cats return Luke McDermott and Mark Crawford.  The Cats also have Antwane Glenn and Patrick Ligon as other role players inside.  The departure of Laughlin also opens up the possibility Christian Coleman or David Washington see action as true freshmen.  I believe the staff would prefer to redshirt them, but physically they are ready to compete.

Just stay healthy!

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Article written by Aaron Cordero

15 Comments for New scheme will help, but Cats have to stay healthy



  1. But Mamma, thats where the fun is!
    11:18 am June 17, 2011 Permalink

    1st! When does NJT show up? I expect a great one.



  2. Ummm
    11:22 am June 17, 2011 Permalink

    985689



  3. FINK
    11:38 am June 17, 2011 Permalink

    So glad your with us Aaron! love all the football info, it almost FOOTBALL TIME IN THE BLUEGRASS!!!!



  4. Ben
    12:01 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    Why were they let go? Grades? What?



  5. UKfanNKY
    12:02 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    Time for others to step up!!!! I’m sure Coach Minter will get them prepared. Aaron thanks for the FOOTBALL info!! GO CATS!!!



  6. UKfanNKY
    12:03 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    #4 – Injuries is what they said last night on the news. Injured and decided to give up football.



  7. Cats R Back
    12:33 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    WHAT WOULD REALLY HELP IS SEC CALIBER PLAYERS….



  8. hoss_cat
    12:43 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    NICE! u write an article saying 2 players have been let go and don’t say a word as to WHY they were let go.



  9. BillDozer
    12:47 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    #4…Delic gave up football to play small college basketball in Georgia..not everyone can handle football, the preparation and grind is tougher than any other sport. Laughlin is ineligible and is not enrolled in summer classes.

    #8…he probably didnt mention anything bc it has been all over the UK news world the past 16 hrs. or so. It was already mentioned on this website also…I think 3 times.



  10. Buckets
    1:16 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    Is it basketball season yet?



  11. Well
    1:52 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    Thats what separates UK and other SEC schools… 2 people leave and we are screwed at a position. That shows the lack of depth and SEC talent we have on our roster.. If we are worried about 2 players leaving then what does that tell us about our recruiting? We are not recruiting SEC ready players.. We are recruiting projects that take 2-3 year’s to step on the field.. Until Joker proves me otherwise I think this is a terrible hire



  12. JackNicklaus
    3:08 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    Ho hum…instead of giving up 367 rushing yards/game, we will now give up 368.



  13. Welcome to Reality
    5:22 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    Luckily, 11., nobody cares what you think at all. Specifically because you are wrong. Your statement about “projects that take 2-3 year’s(sic) to step on the field” is probably the most ignorant and uninformed thing I’ve ever read concerning an SEC football team. The reality is that virtually every player in major college football needs time to adjust his mentality and prepare his body to play at the level required. Of course, our projects very recently include Randall Cobb and Raymond Sanders, who both played as true freshman. But I wouldn’t expect someone (you, specifically) who follows basketball, a playground sport where kids put a ball through a hole mostly uncontested, to be able to understand the requisite characteristics for a sport that requires adult strength, years of conditioning, and a mature understanding of schemes.



  14. Boom
    6:04 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    Thank god for BBK and a true football fan… GO CATS!



  15. Boom
    6:07 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    Our Bball fanbase that just throws insults at the football program is a lot worse than the UofL fans that I really dislike…