LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky football is halfway through its first two-a-day of fall camp (Day 6 overall) and defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot seemed pleased with the morning session. How do we know? “We had a good practice this morning,” Eliot said. See. More important notes:
- The Wildcats are “mixing and matching” on the defensive line after the departure of starting tackle Regie Meant earlier this week. Eliot said sophomores Adrian Middleton (6-3, 303) and Tymere Dubose (6-5, 320) are both getting first-team reps in Meant’s spot, while freshmen Kordell Looney (6-3, 285), T.J. Carter (6-4, 275) and Ja’Quize Cross (6-3, 312) have “done an excellent job; they’ve got a bright future here.” Eliot also noted that in UK’s 3-4, the end (where Courtney Miggins is the starter) and tackle can be swapped for each other. That could mean Miggins (6-5, 285) slides into Meant’s spot and his backup, Alvonte Bell (6-5, 260 JUCO transfer who sat out last season), works some at first-team end.
- Projected starting linebacker Jordan Jones isn’t out of that doghouse. Mark Stoops said Monday that Jones will either be disciplined or won’t play, and he backed it up by moving Eli Brown into the first-team weakside linebacker spot. That was still pecking order Wednesday, Eliot said. A redshirt season last fall for Brown, a former 4-star recruit, “enabled him to kind of take his time to learn the defense and concentrate on the little things instead of being force-fed it for Saturday, so I think he picked up the defense better this fall than he did last.”
- Third-year sophomore linebacker Kobie Walker is finally making some waves. After multiple injuries and academic ineligibility in 2015 kept him off the field for two years, the 6-3, 215-pound strongside backer is impressing early in camp. “Kobie is a very good player. Kobie is extremely athletic for his size,” Eliot said. “If there was a game tomorrow, you would see Kobie play quite a bit.” UK’s coordinator added that Walker has the cover skills of a safety and the size to hold up at linebacker.
- About those outside backer spots, Eliot said sophomore starters Denzil Ware (5 ½ tackles for loss last season) and Josh Allen both look good through a week of preseason practice.
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