Kentucky Wildcats Football: Dealing with the loss of Ridge Wilson

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Nov 26, 2011; Lexington, KY, USA; Tennessee Volunteers quarterback Tyler Bray (8) throws a pass against Kentucky Wildcats Kentucky Wildcats linebacker Alvin Dupree (2) at Commonwealth Stadium. Kentucky defeated Tennessee 10-7. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-US PRESSWIRE


With news of Ridge Wilson’s departure from the football team becoming official, the linebacker position just went from a big concern to a major one. I’m here today to explain how big of an impact this really makes.


So What is the outlook like at linebacker now?

Kentucky will now go into the 2012 season with four new linebackers starting in Rick Minter’s hybrid defense. We all knew that the Cats would be replacing Danny Trevathan, Winston Guy and Ronnie Sneed this year as all three were seniors. The silver lining was supposed to be the linebacker/defensive end hybrid position, where Wilson and true freshman Alvin Dupree had excelled in 2011. Now, with Wilson’s dismissal, Kentucky will be forced to replace all four of their starting linebackers and four of their top tacklers from last season with untested players.

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