Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops tabs two freshmen expected to play for Wildcats

Coming off the team's final major scrimmage of fall camp, Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops on Monday said he expects at least two of his freshmen to play significant roles for the Wildcats this season.

Citing a need for depth on the defensive line and at linebacker, the UK boss said T.J. Carter (pictured above) and Kash Daniel (below) should both see action early in the season.

"We're working on (the depth chart)," Stoops said. "T.J. Carter's a guy that'll play, a guy that we need to bring along and will play. Kash, I think, is a guy that we need to look at defensively."

Both players occupy positions that Stoops said were among his biggest depth concerns following Saturday's scrimmage. 

The 6-foot-4, 275-pound Carter is a defensive end from Georgia who flew under the national recruiting radar but appears to be a hidden gem based on reports from fall camp.

Daniel, meanwhile, was the Bluegrass State's "Mr. Football" coming out of Paintsville High School. The 6-foot-1, 241-pound inside linebacker came to UK with high expectations after playing in the U.S. Army All-American Game in January. Drummond

With young players like Carter and Daniel making a push, Stoops says he feels better about his defensive situation. 

"Improved," he said. "After watching (film of) the scrimmage, I felt like there were some good things in there. I felt like we made a big jump defensively, which I touched on after the scrimmage. Depth is an issue, but we're going to be just fine. As you piece it all together and put everybody together and move some guys around, we're going to be in good shape."

Other freshmen who have flashed glimpses of early potential in camp include defensive back Jordan Griffin, punter Grant McKinniss, tight end Justin Rigg, running back Benny Snell and offensive tackle Landon Young.

The Cats wrap up two-a-days on Monday afternoon and will have one final camp practice on Tuesday before classes begin on Wednesday at UK.

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