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Five Things We Learned As Mark Stoops Opened UK’s 2020 Spring Practice

Mark Stoops held his pre-spring practice press conference on Monday. Spring practice is here and the Wildcats’ roster is sitting at 111, an all-time high during the Stoops era. Here are a few notable situations we learned from the head coach. 

1. Josh Paschal Moves to Defensive End

Paschal had played the outside linebacker/defensive end position. What this means is that the Cat’s fill one immediate need at DE which was vacated by TJ Carter and Calvin Taylor Jr. Paschal to DE also frees up competition at outside linebacker with Jordan Wright on the inside track to a starting role and J.J. Weaver developing into the rotation. The other OLB position will be maintained by Boogie Watson. The senior is a proven veteran and poised for a breakout season. 

2. Phil Hoskins Returns to the Field

Much like with Paschal, a vacancy at DE will be filled by Hoskins who missed all of 2019. Hoskins is “twitchy” and can provide immediate, internal pass rush. Questions at DE have been initially answered. 

3. Terry Wilson will be Good to Go in 2020

Starting quarterback Terry Wilson is expected to be back under center for the 2020 season. However, he will not participate in team (11-on-11) or 7-on-7 this spring. He will instead work on specific drills and focus on rehabilitating his surgically repaired knee. Redshirt freshman QB Nic Skalzo will also be limited in a similar fashion to Wilson. With two QBs restricted, Sawyer Smith, Joey Gatewood, Beau Allen, and Amani Gilmore will see extensive action. You can never have enough arms during the spring. Practice reps will only boost QB depth as this positional competition will be fun to watch and puts the spring game into play as a critical time for evaluation. 

4. Who Replaces Stenberg?

Kenneth Horsey will get the first shot to replace Logan Stenberg at left guard. Stoops also mentioned that former Belfry Pirate Austin Dotson will have an opportunity to impress during spring practice. I’ve often said that replacing Stenberg will be a serious challenge. For the Big Blue Wall to continue its dominance, all eyes will be on the left guard position. 

5. Kelvin Joseph will Play Cornerback

Kelvin Joseph will play cornerback. This position group is packed with talent which will lead to daily competition. Kentucky’s secondary is deep and skilled. Where players will fill roles is the primary question that could be answered during spring practice. 

What does all this mean?

Kentucky will embark on spring practice with a packed roster and will have several position battles to entertain the BBN. The most obvious will be at quarterback where the most encouraging news of the day was that Terry Wilson is expected to be ready for the 2020 season. The most impactful news was that Josh Paschal is now a defensive end. 

Article written by Freddie Maggard

Former University of Kentucky Quarterback and Andy Griffith Fan Club President

4 Comments for Five Things We Learned As Mark Stoops Opened UK’s 2020 Spring Practice

  1. JASUN74
    6:47 pm March 2, 2020 Permalink

    All fantastic news Freddie. Thank you for everything you do brother. Sounds like Terry is moving along right where he should be to be ready to hit it hard next season. Football is a very hard on these young men and it really says something about our trainers to have these guys ready to go every week.

    Anyway, Appreciate the update and keep it rolling. Go Cats. I miss college football soo bad. Lol.

  2. EastKYCAT
    6:50 pm March 2, 2020 Permalink

    This is the first year I don’t worry about spring, because of the depth that we have now. Defensively we are massive upfront and very athletic at the LB and DB position. I am confident that our Defense will be a major role. I believe Kelvin Joseph is going to be a major shut down corner and provide the support against the #1 WR of the opposing team. Our LBs are going to be roaming all over.
    The offense, well, we are going to run the ball and have a threat of passing, watch out this year we are going to a team hard to score on and pound the rock to run the clock out and score 27 (average) ppg.

  3. BlueVortex
    8:44 am March 3, 2020 Permalink

    So glad to have Freddie back with KSR..we now have someone who can guide BBN with his experience and expertise guiding us through this season which has the potential to be the one that claims the SEC east..pieces are falling in place..year to year this coaching staff has built a football team to compete for championships..we have ARRIVED!