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Linebacker Depth Draws Concerns

Following Kentucky’s second preseason scrimmage, Mark Stoops had good news to deliver: nobody suffered a significant injury in the scrimmage.  However, that doesn’t mean the Cats are completely healthy.

At the midway point in training camp, the bumps and bruises are piling up.  Jordan Jones’ shoulder is no longer a problem, but he has a few other nagging injuries that have kept him out of the action.  The players who the Cats must turn to without Jones in the lineup are also dealing with minor soft tissue injuries.

“We’re getting very thin at certain positions, nothing that should last more than a few days this week, but we’re getting a little thin defensively,” Stoops said.

Overall, Stoops was pleased with how his team responded in scrimmage No. 2, especially the offense. More from Kroger Field soon.


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

3 Comments for Linebacker Depth Draws Concerns

  1. JoeBee
    2:44 pm August 18, 2018 Permalink

    Last week they have depth. This weekend their getting thin. Can’t wait till 9/1!

  2. JPGott2
    3:53 pm August 18, 2018 Permalink

    UK has had some of the worst defensive lines in college football over the last decade, causing the Cats to rely on their line backers severely. Jordan Jones isn’t injured, Denzel Ware left, and Josh Pascal is ill.

    So when people think we are going 8-4 or 7-5 this year with a brand new cornerback and questin marks at receiver, I am truly dumbfounded.

    I see us not close to stopping anyone’s running game while struggling to put pressure on the QB. On offense we will really do heavy on the run game and Benny Snell that every team will have a minimum 8 in the box. The coaches will still call up the middle run plays with loaded boxes, resulting in UK struggling to move the chains. Benny Sneel will probably get injured from over use early on.

    I hope I am wrong, but the pieces look to be falling that way. Hope one of our QB’s come out slinging it to receivers that catch the balls.

    • N-UR-i
      10:25 am August 19, 2018 Permalink

      I have to agree with everything you said. 4 things we need to go 8-5:

      1) We must have a passing game.

      2) Better play calling, when the box is stacked against the run.

      3) Stronger run defense from the Dline. (Not linebackers)

      4) Pressure on the QB from somewhere on the Dline.