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 Jaleel Hytchye

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Jaleel Hytchye will be returning for his sophomore season with the Wildcats in 2014.  Last season in 2013, Hytchye was able to earn some playing time as a true freshman.  He will certainly be looking to gain more playing time and acquire more experience in the upcoming season.  However, cornerback is one of the deepest positions for Kentucky.  Therefore, Hytchye will have to compete week in, week out and truly earn his playing time.  He has displayed good speed and coaches believe he can become a regular contributor if he taps his full potential.


Hytchye began his career with Kentucky last season in 2013.  He played that season as a true freshman and saw a decent amount of playing time.  He played in eight games, including one start.  At season’s end, he finished with nine tackles, including eight solo tackles.  Against Georgia, when he earned his first start, he had a season best seven tackles.


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As stated earlier, cornerback will be one of the deepest positions for the Wildcats in the upcoming season.  The team currently has nine cornerbacks on the roster.  In regards to Hytchye’s role and expectations for the 2014 season, I expect that he will not be a starter.  Yet, I can see him earning quite a bit of playing time and playing in most of the games.  He is not the most experienced cornerback on the team, and probably not the most talented.  However, he has plenty of potential and more experience than multiple other cornerbacks on the team.  Therefore, I expect that Hytchye will be on the second string and will be a substitute for more experienced cornerbacks such as Fred Tiller.  Hopefully he will see plenty of action and be able to gain experience and improve on his talents.


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