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Mark Stoops has addressed Kash Daniel’s controversial tackle on Florida QB with SEC Office

Kash Daniel apparently will play at Mississippi State despite allegations of dirty play against Florida last week. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By KEITH TAYLOR, Kentucky Today

LEXINGTON — Kash Daniel is expected to play Saturday when Kentucky takes on Mississippi State Saturday in Starkville.

Earlier this week, a video posted on Twitter by WYMT in Hazard, showed the senior Kentucky linebacker allegedly gripping Florida quarterback Kyle Trask’s ankle following a two-point version attempt in the fourth quarter.

On Thursday, Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said he addressed with the play with the Southeastern Conference office but said he wasn’t “going to get into the hypotheticals.”

“I’ve addressed the issue and will move on,” Stoops said. “But in general, nobody is going to intentionally hurt anybody. That’s not going to happen on our team.”

The play occurred in the fourth quarter of Kentucky’s 29-21 loss to the Gators. Florida scored 19 unanswered to prevent a second consecutive loss to the Wildcats.

Earlier this week, Daniel said he has been a victim of dirty play and said his hand was “caught underneath (the pile)” and “I instantly (got) stepped on.”

“I’m not out there to hurt anybody,” Daniel said. “… I’m not out there to twist no one’s ankle or hurt nobody. End of story.”

Going into Saturday’s contest, Daniel is second the team with 19 tackles, including 13 solos. He also has recorded an interception, the first of his collegiate career, in a win over Eastern Michigan. He also has broken up a pass and has been credited with one quarterback hurry.

Gametracker: Kentucky at Mississippi State, 4 p.m. TV/Radio: SEC Network, UK Radio Network.

Keith Taylor is sports editor for Kentucky Today. Reach him at or twitter @keithtaylor21.


  1. Provocative thought for day…hope Cats don’t follow Titans game plan and gift another loss.

  2. My question is, why would Hazard WYMT, (Hazard of all places) post such a video to start with, especially after the cry baby from Florida complained? That was done too damage Kash and UK football IMO. A lot goes on under those pile of bodies in a heated football game, everybody knows that. Much to do about nothing. Ankle tackles are effective, just maybe he didn’t let go fast enough. I believe Kash. Florida didn’t score 2 points either did they?

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