Fall Camp | Kentucky's Jason Hatcher suspended for first two games
08/08/2015 02:57 PM
LEXINGTON — Kentucky Football has suspended junior defensive end / strongside linebacker Jason Hatcher for the first two games of the 2015 season for a violation of team rules, announced head coach Mark Stoops on Saturday.
Hatcher — who totaled 28 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks in 11 games as a sophomore last season — was listed as a starter along the defensive line in the post-spring depth and will miss the Wildcats’ opening games against Louisiana-Lafayette (Sept. 5) and at South Carolina (Sept. 12).
Making matters worse, Hatcher’s back up, redshirt freshman Kobie Walker, is still recovering from offseason ankle surgery, and team doctors have already ruled him out for at least the first 2-3 games of the season.
“We have some big [defensive backs] that we could put a little closer to the line of scrimmage, depending on the personnel groups and how big the offense is,” Stoops said after Saturday’s open practice. “So we’ll keep working some options. We’ll be fine.”
Additional potential replacements include junior-college defensive end transfer Alvonte Bell, redshirt freshman defensive end/linebacker Denzil Ware, and true freshman defensive end Kengera Daniel.
Silver Lining: Despite the suspension, Hatcher did participate in the first two practices of fall camp, especially impressing during Kentucky’s open practice in front of fans and media members on Saturday.
BBN will just have to wait two weeks more than expected to actually see him in game action this season.