Following Kentucky’s Senior Day, junior linebacker Kash Daniel stood up for the 16 players who played their final gamer at Kroger Field. A person who has never hesitated to speak his mind, some of his comments about the attendance rubbed people the wrong way.
“You got a ranked team. First eight-win regular season since the 80’s. You got to see Josh Allen break a sack record here,” Daniel said shortly after the game.
“I understand the weather was too cold, or maybe you couldn’t get a ride here, didn’t have the funds to do it, I understand that. But, if you could be here and support them and say you’re behind us thick and thin, then these seniors deserved to go out with a full crowd.”
Naturally, it caused quite the stir around the Big Blue Nation. Many were happy to hear Kash speak the truth, while others pointed to the poor performance against Tennessee or the lackluster directional opponent from Conference-USA. Daniel did not mean to attack fans for not filling the stands. He simply wanted to give the seniors what they earned: a packed house.
“I didn’t come after the entire Big Blue Nation,” he said after today’s practice. “I just love my teammates. It’s not that I have a hatred for people that didn’t show up. I just have so much love for the guys that I play with, I just want the best for them. This class completely changed this program to make Kentucky football relevant again. I think they’ve earned it.”
For those who were embarrassed by the Tennessee loss, Kash echoes that sentiment, so much though that he had to stop himself before he got too emotional. He may have been too emotional after Saturday’s game, and for that, he apologizes.
“I’m sorry. My bad. If I pissed somebody off, my bad. I just love my teammates and I just love this senior class.”
Kash Daniel would like to clear the air. “I’m sorry. My bad. If I pissed somebody off, my bad.” pic.twitter.com/vUWhAn4Kxe
— Nick Roush (@RoushKSR) November 20, 2018
Many might have stuck to their guns no matter what. Even if you don’t think he needed to apologize, it showed maturity well beyond his years. Respect.