By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky’s defense has had its struggles in the first three games and certainly did when it gave up 19 points in the fourth quarter of last Saturday’s 29-21 loss to Florida.
Yet if you listen to Mississippi State coach Joe Moorhead, the Kentucky defense certainly has plenty of playmakers to worry him and his Bulldogs going into Saturday’s game in Starkville.
“Up front, Josh Paschal has 10 tackles, three for a loss, and one sack this year. he is long, physical and rangey, kind of in the mold of (former Kentucky defender) Josh Allen. He plays that same position,” the Mississippi State coach said.
Next up the secondary.
“Cedrick Dort, the defensive back, is a smooth athletic corner that is playing with a lot of confidence. He is the one guy on the back end that returns (from last year). He has been playing really well, as of late,” Moorhead said.
However, the Mississippi State coach saved his most lavish praise for senior iinebacker Kash Daniel.
“Had 10 tackles last week versus Florida. A team captain and emotional leader. If you look at him, he is all over the field. He is 100 motor, 100 percent of the time,” Moorhead said.
“I really respect his game and he effects the run game, covers in the pass game and runs sideline to sideline. He gets downhill and I have been really impressed with him for two years.
“He is obviously the emotional leader of the defense and really gets them going. He is really impressive.”