We’ve reached the point in the preseason when it is big news for a player to turn up on a watch list for one of the many awards that are given at the conclusion of each college football season. We here at KSR of course share these watch lists as they are announced because it is an honor for the Wildcats anytime they are in consideration for a national award.
So far this July we’ve seen Max Duffy on the Ray Guy Watch List, Drake Jackson and Darian Kinnard on the Outland Trophy Watch List, Boogie Watson on the Chuck Bednark Watch List, Justin Rigg on the John Mackey Watch List, and that’s not all of them. There will probably be more to come too.
But while sitting here waiting for the watch list bell to sound again in the newsroom, I thought to myself, why watch for watch lists when I can list what to watch? Watch list watch no more… it’s time the watcher for the watch lists becomes the lister of watches. Are you with me here?
With that, I present to you the 2020 Preseason Watch List for my favorite UK player. A winner will be announced whenever I am ready and other players can emerge at any time. But for now, these are the players in early consideration…
Marquan “Bully” McCall
KSR Football Podcast listeners know I’m a big Marquan McCall fan from way back. He’ll be a junior this year on the inside of the defensive line, and though he’s still tucked behind Quinton Bohanna on the depth chart, expect plenty of Bully ball in 2020.
You saw a skittle on the ground!!
— Corey Edmond (@UKCoachEd) July 29, 2020
Appearing on this list without ever playing a down at Kentucky, the newly-eligible Kelvin Joseph aka Bossman Fat. Expectations are so high for the transfer out of LSU that he has already been named as a preseason All-SEC cornerback by Phil Steele’s College Football Magazine. He could be the rare one-and-done Kentucky football player with eyes on next year’s NFL draft.
Boogie Watson patiently waited his turn to be the man on UK’s defense, and now’s his time. Kash Daniel set the bar high for Watson last week when he told the Leach Report, “I wouldn’t be surprised if you saw Boogie have the type of season that Josh (Allen) had his senior year, if not better.”
Watson is already the SEC’s leading sack returner and one of Pro Football Focus’s top edge rushers. With one more season to play at Kentucky, he’ll be high on everyone’s fan favorite list this year.
If you’re not 100 percent Team Terry then you can get the hell out.
It's time ???
— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) July 13, 2020
No explanation needed.
Paschal started every game last season, his first full year since his 2018 diagnosis with malignant melanoma. It was Paschal’s comeback year, but this upcoming season is his year to really shine now that the bump in the road is farther away in the rearview mirror. He’ll be back on the end of the defensive line, his natural position, and good luck to whoever has to block him.
Lynn Bowden’s move out west to Las Vegas leaves a big opportunity for some dynamic playmaking on UK’s offense. Insert true freshman Michael Drennen, who asks that you address him by his nickname, “Donut”:
Get to know some of the newest Wildcats, #BBN
— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) July 28, 2020
Again, the winner will be announced whenever I am ready and other UK players can emerge at any time if they’re awesome.