The Davonte Robinson injury caused some major ripples in how Mark Stoops, Brad White, Steve Clinkscale, and Dean Hood are going to field their secondary this season. With fall camp just being a week old, we are starting to see some of the after effects of that loss. Due to the injury bug biting and some lack of options, a big time recruiting win in the class of 2019 is getting a shot at playing time after an underwhelming spring.
Quandre Mosely was an early signing day surprise when the composite three-star prospect picked Kentucky over Oregon. The Brunswick, Georgia native brought the size and length the UK staff prefers to have at corner. After enrolling early and playing corner in the spring, it did not take Mosely long to get buried on the depth chart. Entering fall, not many were expecting much.
Then UK lost Davonte Robinson for the year while fellow junior college transfer Brandin Echols has been slowed by injuries to start camp. Therefore, UK’s staff is trying to find a place for the rangy defensive back and they have seemed to carve out a role for the Eastern Arizona Community College transfer.
Brad White confirmed on Thursday that the staff has given a look to Mosely at safety and he’s quickly making an impact. The Wildcats are working the junior at slot corner and that’s the position Davonte Robinson was set to man this season. He recorded an interception in a red zone drill and that should be no surprise after Mosely developed a reputation as a ballhawk in junior college by recording six interceptions last season.
Kentucky is currently fishing for answers in the secondary and there’s some “throw it at the wall and see what sticks” going on. Mosley has the size and athleticism to compete right now. You don’t bring junior college transfers in to sit the bench so you better believe UK is hopeful to find a spot for him. If he can man that nickel/slot corner spot or become the sixth defensive back in dime packages while Jordan Griffin, Yusuf Corker, and Tyrell Ajian man the safety spots that would be a big win for the Kentucky defense.
For what it’s worth, it’s all just scuttlebutt right now. We’ll learn more tomorrow after UK wraps up their first scrimmage of fall camp. KSR will be on the scene to give you all the news, quotes, and updates. Stay tuned this weekend for the details and check the 11 Personnel podcast next week where Nick Roush and I will go all in on the limited information provided from the scrimmage to tell you what it all means.