Kash Daniel has spent the spring football season honing his craft to emerge as a leader on the Kentucky defense as the Cats’ starting middle linebacker. When he isn’t on the football field or in the classroom, Daniel is casting lines.
Earlier this week, Peter Burns of the SEC Network joined Daniel and offensive tackle Landon Young for a day of fishing. Even though they were not able to go to Kash’s favorite spot, they were still able to catch a few fish for the TV cameras.
Of course, Kash caught more fish than Landon. “I actually caught about 15. He caught about five.”
However, Landon did get the best of Kash last summer on Kentucky Afield.
The Paintsville native is still catching fish and lifting weights, but he’s actually made many lifestyle changes off the field to improve his play on the football field. He’s still “strong as hell,” but he’s trimmed away about ten pounds of fat.
“I quit doing a couple things on weekends,” he said with a sheepish grin. “I’ve always been in really good shape, but what if I cut out all the extra bullcrap, if I got really serious and dieted hard? I feel great. I’m loose, confident and I feel a lot better.”
A four-star All-American early enrollee two years ago, it’s finally Kash’s time to step into his role as starting middle linebacker. Most might see him as “the guy” on defense, but he does not.
“I feel like it’s my time to step in as the Mike linebacker but…I’m not the guy. There’s 11 of us out there, eleven guys; plural. There’s your little academic reference,” he joked.
He may not be the guy, but he is charged to call plays for Mark Stoops’ most experienced defense to date. There’s reason to believe it will be the best Kentucky defense we’ve seen in a long time.
“I think every practice we get better in every aspect of the game, from technique to fundamentals and execution. All around the board, guys are getting better at every position,” Kash said. “It just shows that guys are taking coaching seriously.”
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