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Stoops expects Kash Daniel, T.J. Carter to play this year

Kash Daniel (56) and Landon Young (67) could both play as freshmen. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Kash Daniel (56) and Landon Young (67) could both play as freshmen. (Vicky Graff Photo)


Freshmen Kash Daniel, a linebacker, and T.J. Carter, a defensive lineman, apparently will both play this season.

“I think T.J. Carter is a guy that will play, that we’ll need to bring along and play. Kash, I think is a guy that we have to look at defensively,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said after Monday’s practice.

He did not mention any freshmen offensive players even though offensive coordinator Eddie Gran has indicated running back Benny Snell and tackle Landon Young have both impressed him.

Stoops noted that offensive guard Ramsey Meyers  missed practice due to illness along with Bunchy Stallings, who was on the field but did not have contact.

“(Receiver) Jabari (Greenwood) will be back in a couple days. A couple guys that were in red (jerseys) that were just a little bit dinged up, but nothing major,” Stoops said.

Receiver Dorian Baker did not practice due to a hamstring injury.

Stoops discussed several other specific players after the practice that was open to the media for almost an hour.

— Linebacker De’Niro Laster: “De’Niro’s playing inside right now. He’s been playing Mike. That’s the best position for him, but De’Niro is versatile. We’re trying to find the best spot for him, and I felt like inside was best for him.”

— Linebacker Kobie Walker: “It depends on the package and depends what we’re in, but yes he’s been very good for us. He’s very active, he’s very versatile. He can cover, he’s a really good rusher, he gives us some flexibility with what we’re doing out there with his spot.”

— Defensive end Alvonte Bell: “Alvonte’s making some good progress. He really is. It’s still, with what we’re doing and being as multiple as we are, putting it all together and being on point and being perfect in his assignments and technique every play is always going to be a challenge and we’ve got to continue to push. But I like what he’s doing. He’s made a lot of strides.”

— Linebacker Jordan Jones: “Jordan, he and Eli (Brown) are battling for the starting Will linebacker position. Both of them have shown very good promise. Both make a few mistakes but they’re playing really good football. He actually got a little dinged up (in the scrimmage) with his shoulder, nothing major. He was out of some of the full contact stuff today.”

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