There’s no sugarcoating it–Kentucky’s linebackers did not play well on Saturday. In fact, on the most recent depth chart, TraVaughn Paschal was moved from defensive end to linebacker, a move Stoops says he hopes will help out the unit. During his radio show last night, Stoops said he is also considering moving Bud Dupree back to linebacker:
“There is some thought to that. Bud was very good for us Saturday. Sure, he made some mistakes just like a lot of us, but he has the ability and they’re very correctable mistakes and he’s a very good player wherever he plays. With moving TrayVaughn, we probably need to keep him at end, again, it gets us a little bigger. I thought about moving Bud to one linebacker and TrayVaughn to the other and getting real big across the front. Everything’s a possibility. We need to look at a lot of options and we need to get better.”
Dupree split time between linebacker and defensive end during his first two seasons as a Cat. With all these changes on the line, one of the players who is moving up the depth chart is freshman Jason Hatcher, who Stoops said had a good game Saturday. Expect to see more of him throughout the season.
Is moving Paschal and Dupree back to linebacker the solution to UK’s problems up front?