From Grampa Brooks:
Lpt lost their qb rb wr has no D cobble rumph both academically in trouble lol
I will try to translate for everyone. How does UK plan on filling the gaps left by departures and what should we expect from them? The Morgan Newton era began last January after the suspension of then starter, Mike Hartline. Hartline has since graduated and left the position to Morgan. Newton is a dual threat quarterback more on the pro style side. I am an admitted big fan of Morgan, but not everyone is. Coach Phillips has praised Morgan heavily for how he has grabbed the leadership role by the horns and improved himself this offseason. I look for big things from Morgan in his junior season. Remember, Mike Hartline and Andre Woodson weren’t always the quarterbacks they ended up being.
Replacing Derrick Locke won’t be fun, but there are a lot of options to make life post-Locke much more bearable. Returning sophomore Raymond Sanders and redshirt freshman, Brandon Gainer, would seem to be the most likely to replace the production left open by Derrick. However, junior walk-on Coshik Williams and redshirt sophomore Jonathon George will also see some carries. George has been the recipient of some unwarranted criticism by Kentucky fans. Joker Phillips has praised the tailback for his improvement this offseason. Something not lost to me is the presence of incoming Georgia freshmen, Marcus Caffey and Josh Clemons. The decision by Georgia to pass on the duo in light of signee, Isaiah Crowell, has been heavily criticized by the brass in Georgia. Georgia’s loss is Kentucky’s gain. I would like to redshirt at least one of the two, but we will see how things work out.
Wide receiver is arguably the biggest question mark heading into the 2011 season. The Cats know what they have in Gene McCaskill and LaRod King, but who will step up behind them? Tee Martin says that after four years, EJ Fields is ready to break out. In addition to Fields, the team is expecting production from Brian Adams, Matt Roark and a very talented wide receiver corp that includes; Daryl Collins, Josh Forrest, Demarco Robinson, Nile Daniel and Rashad Cunningham.
Defensive tackle is one of the toughest positions to recruit and will always be a target of the Kentucky coaching staff. However, UK has Patrick Ligon, David Washington, Luke McDermott, Donte Rumph, Mark Crawford, Antwane Glenn and Mister Cobble at the position. There have been concerns swirling around the eligibility of Rumph and Cobble, but they are expected to be starters until I hear otherwise. I refuse to believe that Cobble would let this happen a second time.
Replacing guys is a concern each and every year, but the good teams find ways to do so and get better. It is time for Kentucky to prove that they want to be on that level.
If you could take one of the current FB recruits who isn’t committed but we have a decent chance at (say 40% or better) and could lock him up tomorrow who would you take and why?
Whoa, buddy. That one is tough. You really came swinging, QLW. Blake Fromang, MeKale McKay, Monty Madaris, Mike Hilton, Drae Bowles, Christian Brown, JaMichael Winston, Tre Banks, Devontre Parnell and Donald Hawkins are all guys that I would love to have. It is really hard to choose one. So I’m not. The guy that I would take right now is David Deleon, the defensive tackle from Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School in South Carolina. Bamberg is the alma mater of current Cat, Justin Henderson. I am a big believer in winning in the trenches and quality defensive tackles aren’t easy to come by. Gotta have the big uglies!
- Michigan’s Jordan Fields decided to stay home and play at his dad’s alma mater in Central Michigan.
- FL LB Josh Witt also decided to stay home and committed to Al Golden’s staff at Miami (FL).
- Florida LB JaWand Blue committed to Virginia Tech. The Hokies are building a very impressive class lined with several top Florida players.
- AL CB Trae Elston is down to six schools: Clemson, Alabama, Oregon, Auburn, LSU and Miami (FL) according to Palmetto Sports.
- Former Auburn commitment, Michael Flint, claims Tennessee and Clemson as his leaders according to Scout.com.
- A little more on Kentucky commitment, Jordan Watson, from the Atlanta Courier Journal.