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Number of true freshmen will play against Central Michigan

Marquan McCall

By LARRY VAUGHT

Just as anticipated, true freshmen linebackers DeAndre Square and Chris Oats will play in Kentucky’s season-opening game against Central Michigan.

Both have been impressive in preseason practice and will provide needed depth at linebacker.

Another true freshman defender who likely will play is nose guard Marquan McCall. He’s behind Quinton Bohanan and Tymere Dubose on the depth chart.

“Depending on injuries, we’ll see or see how he progresses, as well. So not positive about him,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said.

Freshman receivers Akeem Hayes and Allen Dailey will play. Both are second on the depth chart.

Freshmen tight ends Keaton Upshaw and Brendan Bates will back up C.J. Conrad and Justin Rigg.

“They are both guys that we’ll develop and keep up.” Stoops said.

Freshman offensive lineman Darian Kinnard likely will also play now with the season-ending injury to Landon Young.

“He had been moving some at guard and now moving him to right tackle. It will give us some more options at tackle,” Stoops said.

Kicker/punter Chance Poore also is in the mix to play.

“And there’s other guys as well. So we’ll see what happens with injuries and you know, week to week, it’s nice when we talk about managing to keep guys active and if we can get them in certain games, we will,” Stoops said.

 

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