Aug 5, 2011; Lexington, KY USA; Kentucky Wildcats helmet and football sit on the field during media day at Commonwealth Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Kentucky Wildcats Football 2014 Season Preview: Meet Daron Blaylock

#7 DARON BLAYLOCK
JUNIOR – S
6’1″ 213
MARIETTA, GA

MEET DARON BLAYLOCK

Through his first couple of years with Kentucky, Daron Blaylock has played mostly as a reserve safety behind starters Eric Dixon and Ashley Lowery.  He has also played a role on special teams and made contributions there as well.  As a true freshman in 2012, Blaylock displayed the ability and maturity to earn playing time.  Throughout his career, Blaylock has played in a total of 23 games, which includes one start.  Daron Blaylock is also the twin brother of Zack Blaylock, whom also plays for Kentucky.

AS A WILDCAT

Daron Blaylock saw plenty of playing time as a true freshman in 2012.  He played in the last 11 games of the season, including one start.  During that season, he made 14 tackles and had a season high of five at Arkansas.  The following season as a sophomore, Blaylock played in all 12 games and slightly improved his statistics as he recorded 17 tackles on the season.  The majority of his playing time was spent on special teams.

Daron Blaylock

PLAYER RANKINGS

RIVALS: ***
SCOUT***
ESPN: **
24/7: ***

I am expecting Daron Blaylock to have a solid campaign in the 2014 season.  Although Ashely Lowery will still probably play ahead of him, Blaylock should be the #2 safety on the team.  In terms of experience and statistics, Blaylock certainly is one of the top two safeties on the team.  Other than Lowery, Blaylock has seen the field more than any of the other safeties and has also recorded more tackles.  If he can play more towards his full potential, then he will definitely spend more time on defense this upcoming season.  Hopefully that will be the case and he will be able to improve and be a highly valuable asset the following year as a senior.

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