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Sophomore linebackers DeAndre Square, Chris Oates have “bright” futures

Chris Oates

By LARRY VAUGHT

While Kash Daniel is the preseason headline maker at linebacker for Kentucky, coach Jon Sumrall says he has other good players including sophomores Chris Oats and DeAndre Square. He says both are “football intelligent” and both ask and answer questions in the meeting room.

“The future is bright for both of them. They just have to stay hungry and have a little bit of a chip on their shoulders about getting better every day and not wasting a rep. They can be quality, quality players,” Sumrall said.

“Square is really good in the last six inches of contact. He is not a very big guy but he does a really good job on contact of being sudden. He has a great burst and can be violent on contact. Oats’ length and size creates issues for people whether in the pass game in the throwing lanes or in the run game where he keeps blockers at bay.

“Both are instinctive and that’s one of best attributes you have to have to be a good inside linebacker. It is not always about sure measurables but is about instructs and awareness and both of them have that. I am really fired up to see where they go with their game and what they do. I think both guys have chance to do some really good things.”

He has others, including sophomore Jamin Davis he likes as will and believes will help the program continue to grow.

“I do have high standard and do expect guys ready to go every day,” Sumrall said. “At practice I probably do burn more calories than a lot of guys wearing pads because I run around and I am vocal. You have to have energy, enthusiasm and passion for what you do, and I have that and want my guys to have that.”

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  1. You definitely don’t want to be within that last 6 inches of Square…man, he can hit!

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