5 players you know; 5 you will know

August 29, 2010 

FIVE PLAYERS YOU KNOW

Derrick Locke | RB

Locke has always been fast and talented, and he showed his toughness and moxie with his remarkable recovery from a knee injury last season. Pound-for-pound one of the best backs in the country.

Chris Matthews | Wr

Matthews didn't make quite as big a splash as the coaching staff hoped last season after transferring from Harbor College in Los Angeles, but with a better understanding of the system, the tall and rangy receiver should be a nice complement to Randall Cobb this year.

Randall Cobb | Wr

Cat fans know who he is, and so does the rest of the SEC. Cobb could become a household name across the country if he can stay healthy.

Mike Hartline | QB

Hartline has his share of critics, and his 8-6 record as a starter isn't overwhelming. But if you take a deeper look inside that statistic, it doesn't look all that bad. Four of those six losses were to Alabama and Florida, and had he not gotten hurt last year at South Carolina, the Cats probably would have pulled that one out. If he can return to the level he played at against the Gamecocks, Kentucky should be OK at quarterback.

DeQuin Evans | DE

Evans led the team with six sacks in 2009 despite not arriving from junior college until late July and not having a legitimate pass-rushing threat on the other side. With a year under his belt and improvement from UK's other ends, Evans could be in store for a big 2010.

Stuart Hines | G

Rich Brooks was livid that Hines didn't make any All-SEC teams last season, but that shouldn't be an issue in 2010. Smart, strong and athletic enough to excel as a pulling guard, the junior from Bowling Green will anchor the offensive line this fall.


FIVE PLAYERS YOU WILL KNOW

Chris Matthews | WR

Matthews didn't make quite as big a splash as the coaching staff hoped last season after transferring from Harbor College in Los Angeles, but with a better understanding of the system, the tall and rangy receiver should be a nice complement to Randall Cobb this year.

Joe Mansour | K

Place-kicking has been a sore spot for UK the past few seasons, but Mansour, a true freshman, has both the leg and the swagger to provide some much-needed stability.

Chandler Burden | OT

All eyes will be on Burden as he moves from defensive end to protecting the quarterback's blind side at left tackle. Burden has the strength and athleticism to handle the position, and if you go by the track record of new offensive line coach Mike Summers, Burden could be an eventual star.

Donte Rumph | DL

Fans probably already feel like they know Rumph after waiting two years for him to get eligible. Now they'll actually get to see him on the field. The 6-foot-3, 315-pound Rumph has been a load in practice thus far and will be in the rotation at defensive tackle.

Raymond Sanders | RB

Credit Joker Phillips and his staff for getting in early on this standout from Georgia. While he's not very big, Sanders has a great football IQ and enough wiggle in the open field to see some backup snaps at tailback as a true freshman.

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