The mystery surrounding Kentucky’s young secondary grew exponentially following the loss of Kentucky’s most experienced defensive back. At Wednesday’s kickoff luncheon at Kroger Field, defensive coordinator Brad White discussed Davonte Robinson’s season-ending injury for the first time.
“First off, we as a coaching staff feel for D-Rob,” White said. “He’s put in a lot of time. He was ready to have a breakout season, but he’ll come back better than ever.”
A former four-star recruit, Robinson played in all 13 games in 2018, recording 42 tackles, 3.0 TFL, four PBUs and two fumble recoveries. Without D-Rob, White has a few other former four-star recruits at his disposal.
“Going into this season everybody knows there’s a heightened urgency in that room. Now it’s just cranked up to another notch. Yusuf Corker showed in the spring that he can be a guy that can step up. We have a lot of young guys; no one I can mention by name. That’s going to shake itself out through August. They know the depth chart is in pencil. They’re going to have to come out every single day and compete for a job. That’s going to make all of them better. Come August 31st, we’ll have the best 11 on the field.”
We’ll hear a lot of names thrown around — Ty Ajian, Jordan Griffin, MJ Devonshire are just a few — throughout the preseason competition in the secondary. Corker is the first to make the cut.