Wildcat Football Spring Practice: Whose Stock is Up/Down


By Kyle

Stock UP

Mike Hartline QB SR
Hartline was thought to be the longest shot to win the QB job despite being an experienced senior. He’s had the most consistent of the QBs so far and won’t be easily supplanted. He’s been accurate and controlled this spring and has shown good zip on the ball as well. If he can consistently throw the deep ball, he’s in good shape.

Mister Cobble DT FR
Most expected Cobble to make an impact but he’s played beyond his years over the first four practices. With Corey Peters’ graduation, Cobble’s performance so far is help him make a case for early playing time.

Brian Adams WR FR
With the defections of Eric Adeyemi and Kyrus Lanxter, playing time at receiver should be plentiful. At 6’4 and 210 pounds, Adams is one of the most physically imposing receivers UK has fielded and has been putting his big body to good use.

Cartier Rice CB SO
Rice was an afterthought at CB because of the experience of Paul Warford and Randall Burden, but he’s made his case to be in the mix so far. No one has made more big plays than Rice and he may have the third Cornerback spot locked up by the end of spring.

Jarvis Walker SS FR
Losing two seniors at Strong Safety may have made some Kentucky fans nervous. Enter Jarvis Walker. The redshirt freshman has had a great spring so far, and while some thought he’d need another year before he would be ready to contribute in the SEC, he’s making his case to see the field.

Stock Down

Shane McCord DT SR
McCord needs to step up and claim one of the two DT spots. There’s too much competition to fall behind, and the talent level only goes up this fall when the freshmen arrive.

Morgan Newton QB SO
Newton isn’t further behind the other two Quarterbacks, but he should be miles ahead. Newton’s physical tools are significantly better than Hartline, and he has an experience advantage on Mossakowski. He hasn’t played up to his potential, and that needs to change if he hopes to win the job.

Ronnie Sneed MLB JR
Sneed hasn’t played poorly this spring, but freshman Qua Huzzie has played extremely well. If Sneed hopes to have a chance at the starting middle linebacker job, he’ll need to step up soon to hold the talented freshman at bay.

Ryan Wallace TE SO
While he’s had some good receptions when he’s out in the open field, Wallace needs to shore up his blocking. Kentucky’s heavy reliance on the run game last season was made possible by good blocking from the Tight End, and Wallace has some work to do.

Anyone Lined up accross from L. Warford
Warford has used the offseason to getting bigger, faster, and stronger. It shows.

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