The post-spring depth chart came out last night and I’m just now getting around to taking a really good look at it (I was busy sleeping through The Secret Life of Pets). It seems there are no huge surprises in the rotation, but there are a couple of spots that caught my attention heading into fall ball here in a few weeks. Things will definitely shake up once that gets underway, when newcomers and summer standouts are given the opportunity to climb over veterans. For now, these are six questions that immediately came to mind at first glance…
Blake Bone falling at wide receiver?
I’ve had high hopes for Bone since he caught his first touchdown pass as a true freshman in the 2014 season opener. However, he only caught two more in two seasons after that debut game, none of which came against an SEC opponent. Now as a junior, he enters fall camp as one of the veterans of the receiving corps, but he is listed as the third wide receiver on the depth chart at one WR spot, behind Jeff Badet and Tavin Richardson, who has never played a down at UK. Is that a testament to Richardson’s spring and potential going forward? Or is Bone failing to progress going into his third season in Lexington?
How about Tymere Dubose as the No. 2 nose guard?
As Freddie Maggard mentioned on the website last night, that backup nose guard spot was presumed to be Naquez Pringle’s, subbing in for Matt Elam, the starter. But the post-spring depth chart gave love to Tymere Dubose, a seldom used player with one career tackle on his resume.
Maybe that says a lot about the position, which is one of the most crucial spots on the field for the Wildcats’ success this year.
Mikel Horton behind Sihiem King in running back rotation?
Horton had some big moments and big games at running back last season in reserve of Boom Williams and JoJo Kemp. He was much leaner and quicker out of the backfield than in his freshman season, and that progression had many believed he could become a go-to power back in his junior and senior years.
But Horton is listed at No. 4 in the post-spring depth chart at tailback. He wasn’t going to pass Boom or JoJo, but it’s surprising to see him behind a sophomore King.
Hopefully it means King is that good, and the UK backfield is that loaded.
Where is Alexander Montgomery?
No mention of the redshirt junior wide receiver on the new depth chart.
How good is this secondary going to be?
Stoops’ secondary is poised to be one of the best secondaries we’ve seen in quite some time in Lexington, and it will start three sophomores, with maybe a fourth in Darius West. That bunch is already good, and they’re going to be around at least another year after this upcoming season. No fly zone?
Can Grant McKinnis change his name?
A starting kicker named MacGinnis and starting punter named McKinnis? That’s not going to work and Austin’s the veteran. Sorry, Grant. To the courthouse you go.
Cannot wait for football. Let’s go!