One of the Cats’ most talented position on the team may also be their most inexperienced. After the Cats lost Ronnie Sneed, Winston Guy and Danny Trevathan to graduation last season, they also lost their combined 90 starts and the 819 tackles. Now is the time for several first-year starters. SinceUKhas seen Wesley Woodyard, Micah Johnson, Braxton Kelly, Sam Maxwell, Johnny Williams, and Danny Trevethan all go from playing ball at UK to the NFL over the past 5 seasons, there’s no reason to believe the Cats can’t reload their linebacker corps.
Here’s the Returning players and Projected Starters:
2 Alvin Dupree (6-4, 249, So.)
41 TraVaughn Paschal (6-4, 245, So.)
40 Avery Williamson (6-1, 243, Jr.)
10 Tyler Brause (6-4, 239, So.)
47 Jabari Johnson (6-1, 262, RFr.)
54 Malcolm McDuffen (6-3, 220, So.)
49 Demarius Rancifer (6-2, 221, RFr.)
Newcomers: Khalid Henderson (FR), Pancho Thomas (FR), Zane Williams (FR)
2012 Outlook: Replace the combined 90 starts and the 819 tackles that were lost with an infuse of young but talented linebackers.