-Shawn Blaylock out for season with knee injury. Surgery scheduled for next week
-CB Marcus Caffey out due to academics. Expected to be starting CB. Huge loss for Cats.
- S Neloms moves back to CB now
- JD Harmon also moved to CB position to provide depth
-Never had players this excited to do film in the offseason
- Excited about WR competition... like frosh WR Marcus Sweat and WR AJ Legree why they can move JD Harmon
- QB Max Smith ask to room with frosh WR Sweat, Smith very excited about him
- Defensive line will be backbone of the team
-Excited to have 3's and 4's that are good enough to want to get reps
-Players banned from twitter until Aug 15th
-WR DeMarco Robinson made big plays every scrimmage; have to have big plays 30-40yards down field
-WR Daryl Collins coming on- knows the plays and the routes
-QB Morgan Newton is ready to go;RB Josh Clemons and WR Gene McCaskill are going to go every other day in training camp
-LB Bud Dupree one of premiere guys in the league
- Want to make QB decision as fast as possible; no decision yet due to competition there. Patrick Towles figures into it a lot. Have to find out how much he can do.
Caffey is a big loss, without a doubt. On the bright side, this may get Glenn Faulkner on the field because he was backing up Neloms. I went to the Blue/White game in April and UK hasn't had a true safety that looked like Faulkner in a long time just from a looks standpoint. Plus, he played well. He tackled well and covered well. Neloms is a good tackler but he had a hard time staying healthy last year playing safety due to his thin build. CB will allow him to not be involved in so many physical collisions.
Bud Dupree looks like a future stud and potentially the best LB UK has had in forever even though UK has had some good LBs recently. Although Trevathan was a great LB and a big loss, UK could be better at LB this year than they were last year. That may sound absurd but Avery Williamson will be more productive at MLB than Ronnie Sneed was last year and Bud Dupree will be more productive at SLB than Ridge Wilson was last year. Sneed was solid last year but he only had 1.5 tackles for loss for 3 yards. Wilson only had 3 tackles for loss for 12 yards. Williamson and Dupree will probably both have double digit TFL this year. Last year as backups they pretty much did as well as the starters (Williamson: 1.5 TFL for 3 yards; Dupree 2.5 TFL for 14 yards.)
I agree that the D-line should be a strength. They have some depth at DE. Everybody is high on Rumph and Cobble at DT and they're good. However, they need to really pick it up in the tackles for loss department. Some of it may be the new defensive scheme but they have a long way to go to play like Corey Peters did his senior year.