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UK releases preseason football depth chart


Eight true freshmen and five redshirt freshmen were among the players listed at first- or second-team on the University of Kentucky preseason depth chart released Monday.

 

One true freshman — fullback D. J. Warren — was listed as a starter, while the other 12 freshmen were listed at second at their respective positions.

 

“We got to play the best players that are going to give us the best chance to win,” said UK head coach Joker Phillips. “Some of these freshmen are talented enough and mature enough.”

 

In addition to Warren, freshmen Darrian Miller (left tackle), Teven Eatmon-Nared (right tackle), DeMarco Robinson (wide receiver), Maxwell Smith (quarterback) and Josh Clemons (tailback) were listed on the offensive “two-deep” depth chart.

 

On defense, freshmen Mike Douglas (defensive end), Alvin Dupree (strong-side linebacker), Malcolm McDuffen (weak-side linebacker), Miles Simpson (safety), Ashely Lowery (safety) and Dale Trimble (cornerback) were listed on the “two-deep.”

 

Freshman offensive lineman Kelly Mason is the second-string longsnapper, and Robinson is listed as the second-string kickoff returner and punt returner.

 

“We wouldn’t have signed them if we didn’t expect those guys to come in here and help us,” Phillips said. “That’s just being honest. We expect every time we go out and recruit a class that we’ve got to get better than we have every year.”

 

Sophomore Jordan Aumiller won the tight end job. Senior Matt Roark, junior Gene McCaskill and junior La’Rod King were listed as the starting wide receivers, though wide receivers coach Tee Martin said Monday who actually started during UK’s season opener versus Western Kentucky University in Nashville on Thursday would depend heavily on what formation UK began the game with.

 

You can see the full depth chart below:

 

Offense

 

Tight End

 

1 — 86 — Jordan Aumiller — So.
2 — 89 — Tyler Robinson — So. — or
2 — 42 — Nick Melillo — Sr.

 

Left tackle

 

1 — 66 — Chandler Burden — Sr.
2 — 77 — Darrian Miller — Fr.

 

Left guard

 

1 — 70 — Stuart Hines — Sr.
2 — 79 — Kevin Mitchell — So.

 

Center

 

1 — 69 — Matt Smith — Jr.
2 — 63 — Jake Lanefski — Sr.

 

Right guard

1 — 67 — Larry Warford — Jr.
2 — 74 — Trevino Woods — Jr.

 

Right tackle

 

1 — 52 — Billy Joe Murphy — Sr.
2 — 76 — Teven Eatmon-Nared — Fr. (RS)

 

Wide receiver

 

1 — 3 — Matt Roark — Sr.
2 — 87 — Brian Adams — So.

 

Wide receiver

 

1 — 85 — Gene McCaskill — Jr.
2 — 9 — Demarco Robinson — Fr.

 

Wide receiver

 

1 — 16 — La’Rod King — Jr.
2 — 19 — E. J. Fields — Jr.

 

Quarterback

 

1 — 12 — Morgan Newton — Jr.
2 — 11 — Maxwell Smith — Fr.

 

Fullback

 

1 — 39 — D. J. Warren — Fr.
2 — 37 — Cody Jones — So.

 

Tailback

 

1 — 4 — Raymond Sanders — So.
2 — 20 — Josh Clemons — Fr.
3 — 20 — CoShik Williams — Jr.

 

Defense

 

Defensive end

 

1 — 96 — Collins Ukwu — Jr.
2 — 45 — Antwane Glenn — Sr.

 

Defensive tackle

 

1 — 99 — Donte Rumph — So.
2 — 51 — Tristian Johnson — So.

 

Defensive tackle

 

1 — 68 — Luke McDermott — Sr.
2 — 97 — Mister Cobble — So.

 

Defensive end

 

1 — 94 — Taylor Wyndham — Jr.
2 — 60 — Mike Douglas — Fr.

 

Strongside linebacker

 

1 — 48 — Ridge Wilson — Jr.
2 — 2 — Alvin Dupree — Fr.

 

Middle linebacker

 

1 — 46 — Ronnie Sneed — Sr.
2 — 40 — Avery Williamson — So.

 

Weakside linebacker

 

1 — 22 — Danny Trevathan — Sr.
2 — 54 — Malcolm McDuffen — Fr. (RS)

 

Cornerback

 

1 — 14 — Anthony Mosley — Sr.
2 — 35 — Cartier Rice — Jr.

 

Safety

1 — 21 — Winston Guy — Sr.
2 — 32 — Miles Simpson — Fr. (RS)

 

Safety

 

1 — 15 — Martavius Neloms — Jr.
2 — 5 — Ashely Lowery — Fr.

 

Free Safety

 

1 — 6 — Taiedo Smith — Sr.
2 — 31 — Mikie Benton — Jr.

 

Cornerback

 

1 — 24 — Randall Burden — Sr.
2 — 34 — Dale Trimble — Fr. (RS)

 

Special Teams

 

Long snapper

 

1 — 57 — Jon Thomas — Sr.
2 — 59 — Kelly Mason — Fr.

 

Punter

 

1 — 9 — Ryan Tydlacka — Sr.
2 — 88 — Joe Mansour — So.

 

Holder

 

1 — 9 — Ryan Tydlacka — Sr.
2 — 87 — Brian Adams — So.

 

Place Kicker

 

1 — 93 — Craig McIntosh — Jr.
2 — 88 — Joe Mansour — So.

 

Kickoff returner

 

1 — 21 — Winston Guy — Sr.
2 — 4 — Raymond Sanders — So.
3 — 26 — CoShik Williams — Jr.
4 — 9 — Demarco Robinson — Fr.

 

Punt returner

 

1 — 24 — Randall Burden — Sr.
2 — 9 — Demarco Robinson — Fr.

 

Phillips noted at his news conference that left guard Stuart Hines, center Matt Smith and safety Taiedo Smith will not start on Thursday due to minor injuries, but each player should see action in the game.


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