By LARRY VAUGHT
If there was one negative from Saturday night’s win over South Carolina it was that junior linebacker Kash Daniel was ejected in the second half after being called for targeting on a return after a Darius West interception.
Nothing helmet to helmet but the ruling was that Daniel lowered the boom on a defenseless player — who wasn’t looking.
He had to watch most of the second half but the bad news is that he now has to sit out the first half of the game at Texas A&M.
“Kash, he’s bummed out with himself. And, again, that’s what I told the team. I felt like we always, early in the week, we talk about whatever the situation’s going to be. Another big game at home and all that. And at times we could handle this situation better than we did tonight,” Stoops said.
“We didn’t handle it quite as good as we did a week ago, in my opinion. So the guy’s got to reign it back in a little bit. There was nothing malicious about that. He didn’t mean to target somebody, it was very, very close, from what I could tell, and so it’s disappointing.
“But again, teaching moment for us about peel back blocks and all that stuff.”
Senior linebacker Jordan Jones, who had another superb game, has been known to lose his self-control at times during games. This year his demeanor has been perfect.
“He just wanted to make sure that we weren’t down because he wasn’t in,” Jones said about Daniel. “He wanted us to keep fighting and keep doing it.
“We did that today. We need Kash. He’s really the leader of the defense.”
Check that last sentence again.
“He’s really the leader of the defense,” Jones said.
Remember, Kentucky has senior linebacker Josh Allen on defense along with returning senior starters Mike Edwards, Darius West and others. But Jones, not one to embellish in his interviews, calls Daniel the defensive leader.