Kentucky Wildcat Football: Early Defensive Surprises

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Nov 17, 2012; Lexington , KY, USA; Samford Bulldogs running back Fabian Truss (2) runs the against Kentucky Wildcats linebacker Miles Simpson (32) at Commonwealth Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

After taking in practice on Wednesday, one of the most interesting things I found was a preliminary depth chart on defense. Of course the coaches have released no such depth chart, but it was evident to anyone who paid attention which players made up the first unit, second unit and everyone else. Considering Stoops and Eliot’s defense background and experience with top players, I was intrigued to see who had impressed them so far. I have to say that that there were a few surprises in the two-deep this week. Which, by my observation, looks like this:

DE-Za’Darius Smith-Langston Newton

Oct 20, 2012; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats linebacker Alvin Dupree (2) tackles Georgia Bulldogs running back Todd Gurley (3) during second half at Commonwealth Stadium. Georgia defeated Kentucky 29-24. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

DT- Mister Cobble – Thomas Chapman

DT Tristian Johnson* -Alvin Davis

DE- Bud Dupree – Travaugh Pascal

LB- Kory Brown- Miles Simpson

LB- Avery Williamson- Pancho Thomas

LB- Khalid Henderson – Malcolm McDuffen

CB-Cody Quinn- JD Harmon

FS-Daron Blaylock- Glenn Faulkner

SS- Ashley Lowery- Eric Dixon

CB Fred Tiller- Eric Siimons

*Johnson starting in place of injured starter Donte Rumph who is expected to play this fall.

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