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Kirk Herbstreit lists DeAndre Square as week one college football standout

Following a standout performance that included 11 tackles, 1.5 for loss, a half sack, and an interception in the fourth quarter that helped seal Kentucky’s victory over Toledo on Saturday, sophomore linebacker DeAndre Square has been named one of the top players of the week by ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit.

In a post highlighting his top-five teams and players across all of college football, Square was Herbstreit’s top defensive standout in the nation.

The College GameDay host listed Georgia State, Boise State, Auburn, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin as the top team performers, while he named Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts, Boise State quarterback Hank Bachmeier, Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor, Nevada kicker Brandon Talton, and DeAndre Square as the top individual standouts of the week.

Yesterday, Square was one of just two linebackers named to Pro Football Focus’ Eckrich Team of the Week, which honors the top performers nationally each week.

“Flying around like a missile for the Wildcats, Square recorded multiple QB pressures, eight defensive stops and didn’t allow the single target thrown his way to be caught on 29 snaps in coverage,” PFF’s Cam Mellor wrote following the sophomore’s impressive performance.

After the game, Square’s teammates were not surprised in the slightest to see the Detroit, MI standout succeed in the season-opener.

Something tells me this kid is going to be a superstar.


Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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7 Comments for Kirk Herbstreit lists DeAndre Square as week one college football standout

  1. UKFanSC
    2:36 pm September 3, 2019 Permalink

    Oates is just as good, and those two are as good as any linebacker tandem in the nation. Both are future NFL candidates who should anchor our defense for the next couple of years. Solid all-conference studs.

    • lex cath
      2:50 pm September 3, 2019 Permalink


    • secrick
      3:00 pm September 3, 2019 Permalink

      I agree Oates is going to be very good.

    • MontyCats
      3:19 pm September 3, 2019 Permalink

      I refer to them both at once like “Square & Oats” because I think thats gonna be the way we remember them. I think Josh Pascal has a chance to be a third piece of that young puzzle.

    • mashburnfan1
      4:16 pm September 3, 2019 Permalink

      Yep, is what I said Sunday that, while I love Kash, we are better when Oats, Square and Wright or Paschal are out there. We also have Jamine Davis who can play and got a few more FR. LB spot is very good for next few years. NFL will be all over UK the next few years.

  2. michaelb
    4:30 pm September 3, 2019 Permalink

    You could tell last season this kid was gonna be a star . He’s got the foot speed and lateral quickness to cover anything & he’s a great tackler too. This kid is all sec and he’s jus tgettin started bros

  3. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    5:27 pm September 3, 2019 Permalink

    To have a LB who can get in the backfield and tackle, be so good in coverage that nothing gets thrown his way, against seasoned qbs (both have played multiple games last season) , and when it does he takes it is a cheat code.