By LARRY VAUGHT
No one has a way with words quite like Kentucky junior linebacker Kash Daniel.
He apparently broke his hand in Saturday night’s 14-7 win over Vanderbilt but came back into the game and vows he will play in the next game at Missouri. He also helped force a fumble on a fourth down play midway of the fourth quarters that stopped a potential go-ahead score by the Commodores.
Daniel finished the game with 11 tackles, including three solo stops and two tackles for losses.
“It was a dog fight. We had the hungrier dog,” said Daniel after the game.
Kentucky’s defense gave up a first-quarter touchdown after a UK turnover but held the Commodores under 300 yards and did not give up another point.
“Honestly, it’s just all the work we put in throughout the week. Monday through Friday, even on Sundays. We watch so much film by ourselves and do so many extra things to get better,” Daniel said.
“We want this as bad as we want to breathe almost. That’s how good of a defense we want to be. If we don’t come out and play like that every week we won’t get the respect we want. It’s really fun to play with this group, I can’t wait to keep going.”
Safety Mike Edwards said Daniel told him his hand was “messed up” but that he could play. Daniel had hurt the same hand earlier in the season.
“He wasn’t coming out. We all knew that,” Edwards said.
Daniel also isn’t going to point fingers at a Kentucky offense that has just three scores in its last 29 possessions in the last 2 1/2 games.
“We never want to finger point or complain about how much we are on the field, it’s football. We go out and play. Stuff happens,” Daniel said.
He made “stuff happen” when nose guard Quinton Bohanna helped blow up Vanderbilt’s fourth down play and Daniel used his “good” hand to force the likely game-saving fumble.
“It just shows that one player isn’t just out there making plays. It’s awesome seeing everyone work together,” Daniel said. “You have 11 guys always flying to the ball to get a tackle and that’s one of our standards, it’s what we hold ourselves accountable to. Overall, it was a great defensive play.”