An All-American and Mr. Football, Paintsville’s Kash Daniel left Eastern Kentucky with high expectations. He does not intend on disappointing any of those who helped him get to where he is today.
Shortly after he signed to play football at the University of Kentucky, people from his hometown asked what he was going to do with the opportunity.
“We expect to go to four bowl games, back to back to back to back,” he recalled this morning on KSR. “We’ve come close to winning two and this year that’s going to be our big hump to get more than seven wins and finally get that bowl loss off our back.”
In his first two years at Kentucky, Daniel played sparingly on special teams as he learned behind Courtney Love. He’s put in the hard work. Now he’s prepared to make Eastern Kentucky proud.
“I feel like sometimes I got the whole Appalachian mountains on my back. It’s not a bad thing to me because I want to make everybody back home proud. That’s what drives me everyday to keep up, keep going and do this day in and day out.”
Daniel will be the middle linebacker of an SEC defense this fall. Being the heart and soul of Kentucky’s defense is an honor, one he could could not accomplish without the help from others.
“When you look at where I come from, it’s just a deal for me where I feel like I owe it to the people of Appalachia, the people of Eastern Kentucky. They believe in me. They believe in what I do here and they continuously support me. If I don’t come out and do my best everyday in practice. If I don’t give it my all in the weight room. If I don’t give it my all in the classroom or the meeting room, everybody that’s ever done anything for me or wanted me to succeed, it’s basically a slap in the face to them.”
Kash is thankful for those who pushed him to be great. Now he wants to inspire others to follow in his footsteps.
“I want to show everybody that no matter where you come from, no matter what size school you play at, if you do the right things and work hard, anything is possible.”
Listen to the entire interview: