Tag: Kash Daniel

Stoops wants to get Kash Daniel, Jordan Griffin more playing time

Kash Daniel (Alex Otte Photo)

Kash Daniel (Alex Otte Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Sophomore linebacker Jordan Jones continues to be Kentucky’s leading tackler and coach Mark Stoops says much of that is because he plays with “relentless passion and energy and effort” to go along with good instincts.

Stoops did play redshirt freshman Eli Brown more last week against Georgia to give Jones some rest. He also thinks Brown can be an “exceptional player” in the future.

True freshman Kash Daniel could also be in line for more playing time to give linebacker Courtney Love a rest. That worked at Missouri but Love played most of the game against Georgia.

Kash Daniel says if stadium not full “something is wrong”

Kentucky fans have seen tough times for the football program, but Saturday they have a chance to see UK win a fifth SEC game. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Kentucky fans have seen tough times for the football program, but Saturday they have a chance to see UK win a fifth SEC game. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Two games into the season many Kentucky fans had given up on the season after UK’s 0-2 start. After the Cats won 35-21 at Missouri Saturday for their fourth SEC win, some Kentucky fans actually came to the airport to greet the team and coaches when they arrived back in Lexington.

Kash Daniel “getting better every week”

By LARRY VAUGHT

Freshman linebacker Kash Daniel is making progress that could get him on the field more.

“Kash is a player that takes the game very seriously. Kash has worked extremely hard. Kash is athletically ready to play this year. He’s big, he’s fast, he’s physical. He’s still picking up the scheme, but I see him getting better every week,” UK defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot said.

Daniel did get more playing time in  last week’s win over South Carolina in relief of starting middle linebacker Courtney Love.

Matthew Bradford speaks to Kentucky football players

Matthew Bradford talked to UK's players Thursday.

Matthew Bradford talked to UK’s players Thursday.

By LARRY VAUGHT

Former Marine Matthew Bradford, who lost both legs and his eyesight when bomb exploded under him in Iraq in 2007 while he was on patrol, spoke to the Kentucky football team after practice Thursday.

Kentucky will celebrate Heroes’ Day Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium when police officers, firefighters and military members/veterans will be UK’s guests. Stoops had policemen out at practice Wednesday.

Kash Daniel: “You can’t go back and do it over again no matter how bad you want to.”

Kash Daniel (Alex Otte Photo)

Kash Daniel (Alex Otte Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

It wasn’t hard for Kentucky freshman linebacker Kash Daniel to explain how he felt after UK lost 44-35 to Southern Mississippi in his collegiate debut.

“It sucks. Not a good feeling at all,” said Daniel.

So what happened after UK got the 35-10 lead?

“My job was kickoff and punt return. I am not sure what happened on defense. You felt confident and then the touchdown before the half was kind of scary. We came back out and it just kept happening. We didn’t respond to it,” Daniel said.

How many true freshmen will Stoops play?

Jordan Griffin, right, could be one of the true freshmen playing this year. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Jordan Griffin, right, could be one of the true freshmen playing this year. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

How many true freshmen out of Kentucky’s talented 2016 recruiting class will play this year?

That’s a question Kentucky coach Mark Stoops is not ready to answer. However, UK’s two-deep depth chart for the opening game Saturday night against Southern Mississippi has five true freshmen listed.

“I think some of the guys that we have listed on the depth chart there you could see (in a game) or you may not, we will see how it goes. With the players that are on the two-deep depth chart, we anticipate needing them at some point,” Stoops said.

Stoops expects Kash Daniel, T.J. Carter to play this year

Kash Daniel (56) and Landon Young (67) could both play as freshmen. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Kash Daniel (56) and Landon Young (67) could both play as freshmen. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Freshmen Kash Daniel, a linebacker, and T.J. Carter, a defensive lineman, apparently will both play this season.

“I think T.J. Carter is a guy that will play, that we’ll need to bring along and play. Kash, I think is a guy that we have to look at defensively,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said after Monday’s practice.

He did not mention any freshmen offensive players even though offensive coordinator Eddie Gran has indicated running back Benny Snell and tackle Landon Young have both impressed him.

Eliot on Nico Firios, Kash Daniel, Derrick Baity

Kash Daniel, right (Vicky Graff Photo)

Kash Daniel, right (Vicky Graff Photo)

Defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot offered some insights on certain players after Wednesday’s practice:

Linebacker Nico Firios: “Nico is doing some good things. Nico was injured in the fall last year and missed a lot of reps in the offseason, so had a little rust on him to start with but he’s doing some good things to get better.”

Linebacker Kash Daniel: “Kash Daniel, it was good that he was here in the spring because it got him a little bit further ahead of the scheme and the playbook. Kash plays very hard. Kash is a physical player. Still has some assignment things and some technique things that he needs to improve on, but he’s doing a good job.”

Stoops knows Daniel will be good, just not sure when

Kash Daniel (Alex Otte Photo)

Kash Daniel (Alex Otte Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Despite the building fan expectations for Kash Daniel, Kentucky coach Mark Stoops was careful again at Friday’s Media Day not too set the early bar too high for his freshman linebacker.

“It was nice he was here for the spring semester because he certainly improved. He’s worked really hard. Work is not a problem for that guy. He has a great work ethic, great attitude,” Stoops said. “He’s going to be a great asset to this team.

Scott Daniel will talk about scary 1984 plane crash on WPBK-FM Thursday

Scott Daniel and his son, Kash (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

Scott Daniel and his son, Kash (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Today Scott Daniel is probably best known as being the father of Kentucky freshman linebacker Kash Daniel.

However, Scott Daniel has his own special story and will share that and more with Tim Estes and myself on WPBK (102.9 FM) Thursday from 7:30-8 a.m.

On Dec. 16, 1984, Daniel was on a plane with his East Tennessee State basketball teammates, media members and some fans flying to Oxford, Miss., from Birmingham.

However, the plane eventually had to make a crash landing. Somehow, all 33 people on board survived.