Last season UK used a red shirt on 11 players from the 2010 recruiting class. While several freshmen saw action last fall, I’m sure the staff wishes they would have wasted a year of eligibility. In particular, guys like Avery Williamson, Joe Mansour and Jerrell Priester. The staff prefers to red shirt as many as possible to give them a chance to learn and get stronger. Also, several players came to UK expecting to play a particular position, but learned quickly they needed to change positions if they wanted to see the field.
Below are projections for each player.
Tyler Brause (LB) came to UK as a Quarterback last fall. While Brause was a good high school Quarterback, the staff recruited him as an athlete. He made the move to Linebacker last fall and some feel he could become a candidate to move to Defensive End at some point. Brause is listed at 6’4” and 224 lbs. Based on feedback, it appears Brause is No 3 on the depth chart currently.
Alvin Davis (DE) appears to be No 3 on the depth chart currently at Defensive End. Davis is very quick and has long arms. He must continue to get stronger. He is currently listed at 6’4” and 254 lbs.
Mike Douglas (DE) is in a similar situation as Alvin Davis. Douglas is currently No 4 on the depth chart. He too must continue to work to get strong. He is listed at 6’4” and 253 lbs.
Teven Eatmon (OL) was a Tight End in high school and is very athletic for his size. He spent last season working with Rock Oliver to change his body. Eatmon received a lot of reps during the spring due to Chandler Burden’s injury. Eatmon appears to be the future of UK’s offensive line. He is currently 6’7” and 325 lbs. He will provide valuable depth to the offensive line.
Brandon Gainer (RB) was listed No 4 on the depth chart at running back after the spring game. With the addition of Marcus Caffey and Josh Clemons to the backfield, fall camp will play a huge role in Gainer’s future in the backfield. He has all the tools and size to become a featured back in the SEC. Joker Phillips mentioned his name among a handful of players during a recent interview. The staff likes to use running backs to cover kick offs. He is listed at 5’11” and 203 lbs.
Justin Henderson (DE/LB) lives and breathes football. He has been through a season and two spring practices at UK. He was one of the bright spots of the spring game and appears to be a favorite of Rick Minter’s. Henderson has benefited from the new defensive scheme and will back up Ridge Wilson entering the season. He is currently listed at 6’3” and 229 lbs.
Malcolm McDuffen (LB) is one of the fastest linebackers on the team. He has shown a lot of potential and made plays during the spring game. McDuffen will back up Danny Trevathan entering the season and see likely see action on special teams as well. He is currently listed at 6’3” and 205 lbs.
Ronnie Shields (TE) is part of the dynamic Stephenson trio who signed with UK two years ago. Shields has been impressive making plays. He is very athletic and may be the fastest Tight End on the roster. Shields was listed No 5 on the post spring depth chart. The Cats are loaded at Tight End, but some feel Shields has to work on his blocking to climb the depth chart. Look for Shields to see action on special teams too this fall. He is listed at 6’5” and 239 lbs.
Miles Simpson (LB) came to UK as a Running Back, but then moved to the defensive side of the ball. First, he moved to Safety and then moved to Linebacker. Based on feedback, the staff really likes Simpson’s potential at Linebacker. He will back up Winston Guy this fall and should see action on special teams. He is listed at 6’2” and 210 lbs.
Dale Trimble (CB) earned Scout Team Player of the Week several times last fall. He appears to be buried behind Randall Burden, Anthony Mosely, Jerrell Priester and Cartier Rice on the depth chart. Look to see Trimble on special teams this fall. He is listed at 5’10” and 160 lbs.