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Kentucky senior Kash Daniel expected to play Saturday despite controversial play against Florida


By Keith Taylor
Kentucky Today

Kash Daniel is expected to play Saturday when Kentucky takes on Mississippi State 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.

Kash Daniel reacts after intercepting a pass against Eastern Michigan. Daniel is expected to play Saturday at Mississippi State. (Photo by Tammie Brown, Kentucky Today)

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 keith.taylor@kentuckytoday.com or twitter @keithtaylor21.


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