By LARRY VAUGHT
Writer John McGonigal of the Centre Daily in State College, Pa., covers Penn State football and has been breaking down the Kentucky-Penn State matchup in the Citrus Bowl Jan. 1 in Orlando.
McGonigal noted that national defensive player of the year Josh Allen led the SEC with 14 quarterback sacks and is UK’s best known defensive player. However, he noted that another linebacker, junior Kash Daniel, should not be overlooked.
Here’s what he wrote:
“In truth, it will be hard to miss him. The junior linebacker who smears his face in eye black is an emotional, in-your-face player. Daniel did his best ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin impression after a team-leading 11-tackle performance at Florida.
“And before the regular-season finale at Cardinal Stadium, he walked onto Louisville’s field saying, ‘This is my house.’ Daniel had eight tackles and two TFLs in Kentucky’s 56-10 win.
“It’s understandable for opponents to dislike Daniel. But he backs up his talk. Daniel’s 76 tackles are tied for third on the team, and his five quarterback hurries are second behind only Allen. For a middle linebacker, Daniel shoots out of a cannon and has impressive closing speed.
“Sometimes double-team attention on Allen, who will play in the Citrus Bowl, opens up opportunities for Daniel. Penn State offensive line coach Matt Limegrover will earn his paycheck preparing Ryan Bates, Will Fries, Connor McGovern, Steven Gonzalez and Michal Menet for Allen, Daniel and company.”