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!