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Mark Stoops’ comments on Kash Daniel

One of the big questions on Kentucky fans’ minds after Saturday’s game is, what’s up with Kash Daniel? The senior linebacker started the game vs. UT Martin and made four tackles in the first half, but sat out the second half with what the radio broadcast called a “non-medical” issue. Today, Mark Stoops assured reporters that Kash will play in Saturday’s game vs. Louisville, his final home game as a Kentucky Wildcat.

“Kash is good. It’s hard. Kash is one of those guys that just, he leaves everything out there. He practices so hard and he plays so hard and he has some frustrations at times because he thinks he’s getting beat at times.

“He’s one of those guys, there’s no question, that each year — you know, last year, he had surgeries to take care of his body in the offseason. It took him a long time to be healthy. This year, as the year goes on, same thing. He has some ups and some downs. Given everything he’s gotten, I’m really proud of Kash and what he’s done and overcoming some adversity and things that maybe not everybody knows about. Each individual is different and goes through some ups and downs and has a lot of trials and tribulations and things going on in their personal life and their family’s life that are just very hard.

“But the young man gave us everything he’s got all the time. We love him. He’s a great teammate and he’s ready to go. He’ll be back out there ready to go this week, so proud of him and the things he’s had to overcome.”

Kash’s senior season may not have gone how he wanted in terms of pursuing an NFL dream, but Stoops said he’d welcome Kash on his coaching staff if that’s something he’s interested in.

“That’s up to Kash and what he wants to do. I know it’s hard to make those decisions right now, as you go through a long and stressful season and you’re beaten up mentally and physically, as I mentioned, how difficult it is. I don’t want him to make any of those decisions right now.

“He has time after this week to heal a little bit, rest up but I know it’s hard for him because he plays so hard that his body just feels like it may be time to move on to something different, but that’s his decision and when and where and why and how he wants to make it is up to him. As fas as working here or doing something with me, you never know. Certainly, you’d love a guy like that and everything he’s done for the program, I would welcome that as well.”

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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13 Comments for Mark Stoops’ comments on Kash Daniel

  1. RackEmWillie
    12:51 pm November 25, 2019 Permalink

    A non-medical issue? Shocking. Consider me shocked!

  2. notFromhere
    1:02 pm November 25, 2019 Permalink

    Head up, Kash! Let’s take it to Louisville at the Krog on Saturday and get rested up before the bowl game

  3. njcat54
    1:05 pm November 25, 2019 Permalink

    Peter principle at work here.

  4. bbn606
    1:22 pm November 25, 2019 Permalink

    It sounds like Kash and Stoops are good with each other. Seems like every year someone is missing the bowl game for whatever reason. I hope it’s not Kash this year.

    • meeksfor3
      4:01 pm November 25, 2019 Permalink

      It has become the norm for kids to sit out of the bowl game to avoid injury.

    • bbn606
      10:58 am November 26, 2019 Permalink

      I was referring to disciplinary and academic issues. I don’t think UK has ever had a player to sit to avoid injury.

  5. notFromhere
    1:33 pm November 25, 2019 Permalink

    Agreed,bbn, except I hope NO ONE misses it this year

  6. ClutchCargo
    1:36 pm November 25, 2019 Permalink

    I feel a little better about the situation after this explanation. If it was anything really bad, I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t have had much of anything to say about it.

  7. Go Deep
    3:46 pm November 25, 2019 Permalink

    I hope they are getting him the help that he needs. Listening to him talk lately and watching his actions, he is obviously dealing with something mentally. And yes, before you say something, I work in the mental health profession. Signs are there. I hope he gets to a good place quickly.

  8. 4everUKBlue
    6:17 pm November 25, 2019 Permalink

    Vote for Max Duffy for Ray Guy award here.

  9. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    6:38 pm November 25, 2019 Permalink

    Let’s have a great game against the Cards man! BBN loves you Kash!

  10. 4everUKBlue
    9:15 pm November 25, 2019 Permalink

    Lynn Bowden needs your help BBN, vote here.