UK FOOTBALL | Up to 10 freshmen could play against UL-Lafayette
08/28/2015 04:13 PM
LEXINGTON — The University of Kentucky football team will enjoy a mix of both veteran and young talent during the 2015 season, and head coach Mark Stoops named eight true freshmen after Thursday’s practice that will “definitely” see the field this fall:
- Chris Westry (CB)
- Derrick Baity (CB)
- Jordan Jones (LB)
- Eli Brown (LB)
- Josh Allen (LB)
- C.J. Conrad (TE)
- George Asafo-Adjei (OT)
- Sihiem King (RB)
Stoops added that wide receivers Tavin Richardson and Jabari Greenwood are also “in the mix.”
“We feel good about those guys,” Stoops said to the media members in attendance. “They could. We’ll wait and see.”
One freshman who wasn’t mentioned but has performed well in camp is defensive end Kengera Daniel — a player who could get field time while junior Jason Hatcher is out serving a two-game suspension to start the season.
Relying on youth isn’t a new development in Lexington. In last year’s season opener, Stoops deployed nine true freshmen, 10 redshirt freshmen, and five first-year transfers.
Outside linebackers coach Andy Buh has been personally working with three of the 2015 true freshmen (Jones, Brown, and Allen) throughout fall camp and attributed UK’s youth movement to the readiness of the new players since the first day they arrived on campus.
“I’ll tell you what: Our young guys are ready to play. They came in ready.” Buh said. “We did a nice job of tracking down some good athletes in here. I haven’t been to too many places where you can rely on freshmen — that many of them … We have a good group of guys, and the reps are helping those young guys.”
Click below to watch Stoops and Buh’s comments on the freshmen and see KSTV’s discussion on why the young players don’t lack the confidence to contribute right away.