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Stoops likes what he’s seeing from Josh Paschal, Phil Hoskins

By LARRY VAUGHT

Moving Josh Paschal from linebacker to the the defensive front is one of the bigger position moves Kentucky coach Mark Stoops has made this spring.

So far, so good with the change.

“Very pleased with Josh. Josh is a very good football player. He can still play outside backer. He can play inside. He plays hard,” Stoops said after Saturday’s scrimmage. “That’s what I like about him. I think he gives us some energy and some passion. He’s a playmaker. Moving him inside is good for us.”

Another defensive lineman that has “jumped out” at Stoops during spring practice is Phil Hoskins.

“Phil plays hard. It’s what you like. He plays very physical. He plays the way you want to see that inside. I feel like we’re getting a decent rotation inside,” Stoops said.

Hoskins was a junior college transfer last season and has had two shoulder surgeries.

“I think he was very frustrated at times last year. He didn’t have the strength and his shoulders were bothering him a little bit. That’s why this offseason is important. Spring is important,” Stoops said.

“Of course he’ll have to have a great summer as well. You have a lot of confidence in the way they fix shoulders now. But it does take some time. But the nice thing about Phil when we recruited him out of junior college is he had three years (of eligibility).”

 

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