By LARRY VAUGHT
With Kentucky’s season-opening football game only three weeks from Saturday, there’s been a lot of attention on numerous Kentucky players who should play huge roles for coach Mark Stoops this year.
But what about a look at a few players you may not have heard much about.
— Freshman running back Travis Tisdale.
“What I like about him is he’s really fast. As we talked about where we were with our running backs, we had guys that were 5-foot-11 to 6-2, 200 pounds. Had the big guys. We wanted a different change of speed. We went out and we looked, we found him,” UK offensive coordinator Eddie Gran said.
“He’s tough, hard-nosed. He came in here and ran like a 4.32 (second 40-yard dash) laser right when he got here with (director of performance Corey Edmond). He’s explosive. He’s got legit speed. He has that Boom Williams type of speed.
“I know he’s got toughness from who coached him, where he’s from. He’s had a great summer. I love his attitude. It’s going to be fun to see him get some reps and see what he can do.”
— Senior offensive tackle Mason Wolfe.
He has played in 23 games the last two years and offers Kentucky an experienced backup in the offensive line.
“Mason is a guy that will be in the rotation this year. He’ll be out there playing, contributing. He’s a guy that’s constantly doing his work, getting better, taking his medicine that you hear me talk about so much, connecting the dots,” Stoops said.
“He will contribute, play. He’s a good football player. I appreciate the work he’s done to get him in that position.”
— True freshman safety Moses Douglas.
With the season-ending leg injury to Davonte Robinson, UK’s most experienced returning safety, the Cats are searching for help. The Ohio freshman could find himself playing a lot.
“He’s a guy that needs to be ready to go in the game. Right now at that safety spot, we’re still looking at bodies. Mo is going to be that guy that is getting some reps with the second team. You’re one injury away. He’s got to be able to learn the defense. It was nice to get him again, kind of like Jared Casey, in the spring,” defensive coordinator Brad White said.
“Hopefully things slow down a little bit quicker for him than some others. You saw it in the spring, that he’s not afraid to hit. He’s a guy that will come down, he’ll strike you. He’s a really good tackler. It’s just knowing what to do, where to be, what checks to make. We ask our safeties to handle quite a bit in terms of communication. He’ll have to pick that up.”