Linebacker Jordan Bonner made his first appearance on the Kentucky depth chart on Monday, listed as second string behind Josh Allen at an outside linebacker spot.
Bonner, who arrived in August because he was set back academically by an offseason stabbing incident, has been making strides, but also apparently was questionable at the start of the season for other reasons.
“We won an (NCAA) appeal on him, so he wasn't cleared to play until right before Game 1,” Coach Mark Stoops said on Monday to preview the New Mexico State game. “So he's working his way into it now.”
▪ Sihiem King remained the top name on kickoff returns even though running back Benny Snell was the returner against Florida. “We just wanted to try Benny in there,” Stoops said. “I’m sure Sihiem will get another chance as well but we wanted to see Benny run it.”
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▪ Expect to see more of cornerback Jordan Griffin in the secondary rotation in coming games but likely not Henry Clay’s Davonte Robinson, with Stoops saying the plan for now is to redshirt Robinson if they can.
▪ Left tackle Cole Mosier, who injured his ankle in the second quarter at Florida, was still listed atop the depth chart at that spot, but he sounds like a question mark. As for George Asafo-Adjei, who didn’t make the trip to Gainesville because of his ankle injury: “I feel pretty confident that George will be back (this week).”
▪ Jabari Greenwood, previously listed behind Jeff Badet at one wide receiver position, was moved to the No. 3 spot behind Dorian Baker and Tavin Richardson. … At that other wide out spot now, it’s Badet followed by Kayaune Ross or Blake Bone.
▪ The nickelback spot is now occupied by last year’s duo of Kendall Randolph and Blake McClain. McClain also is listed at starter at free safety again after briefly being off the depth chart altogether following a head injury in the first game.