Cats to be without Miller in opener

Kentucky will open its 2014 season without its most experienced offensive lineman.

UK head coach Mark Stoops announced Monday that senior left tackle Darrian Miller will be serving a one-game suspension for an unspecified violation of team rules.

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“He’ll be back Game 2,” said Stoops, adding that Miller’s incident occurred “some time ago” and that the former Lexington Bryan Station star has “done what he needed to do” in order to get back in good standing.

Miller had started the Wildcats’ last 24 games and played in 36 consecutive games. His suspension will see the UK staff shift normal right tackle Jordan Swindle to the left side and will lead to the first career start for redshirt freshman Kyle Meadows on the right side.

“I feel good about Kyle,” Stoops said of the 6-foot-5, 294-pound Ohio native who was one of UK’s top signees in the Class of 2013. “Be good to get him out there and see what he can do.”

UK's starting offensive line will be rounded out by sophomore Jon Toth at center with redshirt freshman Ramsey Meyers at right guart and junior Zach West at left guard.

The Cats will also be without junior wide receiver Rashad Cunningham in the season opener against Tennessee-Martin. Stoops announced that he is also serving a one-game suspension after violation of team rules. The Alabama native, who was reportedly having a good fall camp, has played in six games during his time at UK, but has yet to catch a pass.

Another player facing previous disciplinary action, senior receiver Demarco Robinson, will play against UT-Martin. He’s listed No. 1 on the depth chart at one of the receiver spots. The Georgia native’s status remained uncertain throughout the spring and into fall camp, but Stoops said Robinson has met the staff’s expectations.

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