LEXINGTON, Ky. — The release of Kentucky’s latest depth chart Monday revealed a few movements at key offensive positions.
Here’s a breakdown of the changes and what coach Mark Stoops said about them at his press conference:
Stoops said Dorian Baker, last year’s leader in receptions, is expected back at full strength this week vs. Vanderbilt (4 p.m. ET, SEC Network). But it’s interesting that after being listed at the top of the depth chart for one of the receiver spots all season long, redshirt freshman Tavin Richardson is listed ahead of the junior Baker.
Baker has been battling a hamstring injury and has appeared in just one game without recording a catch. Richardson is fourth in receiving yards but has just 6 catches.
Stoops was asked if the depth chart change was a result of Baker’s injury or Richardson’s play: “A little bit of both,” he said.
The depth chart order for the Alabama game was junior Boom Williams, senior Jojo Kemp and freshman Benny Snell. The update Monday has the second spot listed as Kemp “OR” Snell.
The change is long overdue given Snell’s usage over Kemp. Snell has 41 attempts to Kemp’s 27 and has 247 yards compared to Kemp’s 75.
Snell leads the running back crew with 5 touchdowns, and his inconsistent playing time is a bit of a mystery considering his success.
Junior Ramsey Meyers has been entrenched atop the depth chart all season, but a slight change was made Monday with the top spot listed as Meyers “OR” sophomore Bunchy Stallings.
Stallings has received increased playing time of late and the change reflects that.
“I see Bunchy’s doing a lot of good things,” Stoops said. “What he is is a physical guy but he’s very athletic. He’s quick-twitch for a big guy and he’s been doing some good things.”