Kentucky will be without one of its defensive veterans to start the season. Mark Stoops just told reporters that senior defensive lineman Phil Hoskins will miss the first two games of the year due to an academic issue. Sophomore Abule Abadi-Fitzgerald is listed in his place on the depth chart behind Calvin Taylor at defensive tackle.
What about Xavier Peters? Stoops said Kentucky is still waiting to hear from the NCAA about the outside linebacker’s eligibility. The former four-star recruit out of West Chester, Ohio transferred to Kentucky from Florida State to be closer to his one-year-old son. On account of that, he applied for a hardship waiver earlier this month.
“He’s out right now until someone tells me different,” Stoops said. “There’s a lot of things that we had to get in order as well and information we had to get from Florida State and they had to do a part, so it takes some time to get it all in.”
Even if the NCAA declares Peters eligible this afternoon, Stoops stressed that it will still take him some time to settle into the system (even if he already looks the part).
“It’d be hard for him at this point just because of the time he’s been here. As you know, he’d be a second year in college, redshirt freshman. For him to be totally new in our system, it takes some time. You’ve heard me say it a bunch of times about that position, it’s most definitely a different position. It takes a — there’s a lot of nuances to playing outside linebacker and standing up on your feet, so it’ll take some time.”