Kentucky’s secondary is talented, but young after graduating three seniors. The only senior on the depth chart is finished with spring practice.
Kendall Randolph missed a significant amount of time in 2016 with a high ankle sprain. Dealing with the lingering effects, Mark Stoops said Randolph opted to have surgery to insert a screw.
Blake McClain was a four-year starter at nickel. Randolph was expected to fill the role seamlessly, but will have to wait until summer to earn the starting spot. In the meantime, Mike Edwards and Jordan Griffin have been receiving reps at nickel to fill the position that isn’t easy to learn.
“Much like the outside linebacker position, there’s so many nuances to that position,” Stoops said after the scrimmage. “I think it’s a very hard position that needs some experience, and you’re seeing Jordan go through some growing pains, but we wouldn’t put him there if we didn’t believe in him and think he had the ability to do it.”
Stoops was pleased to report no other major injuries, but did note that Lonnie Johnson was sidelined with a bad hamstring.