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Who will start for Kentucky football this fall? Here are our best guesses.

Junior running back Benny Snell is one of eight starters back on offense for Kentucky this season. Here's a look at who also might be in on the first snap of the season for the Cats.
Junior running back Benny Snell is one of eight starters back on offense for Kentucky this season. Here's a look at who also might be in on the first snap of the season for the Cats.

In less than two weeks, Kentucky will take part in Southeastern Conference Media Days, the unofficial kickoff to college football.

As part of that annual event in Atlanta starting on July 16, UK will put out its first working depth chart of the season.

With nine starters back on defense and eight returning on offense — as well as many players with starts under their belt — there won’t be a ton of surprises.

And much like that soon-to-be released depth chart, my predicted depth chart will have a big “OR” looming between quarterback candidates Terry Wilson, Gunnar Hoak and maybe even Danny Clark.

Coach Mark Stoops has said as much on various radio show interviews this summer.

“I have a lot of confidence in whatever winds up,” he said in June. “I have confidence in these guys. They’re good players, good leaders. Our team believes in them. It’s going to be a fun year.”

Kentucky Coach Mark Stoops talks to the media after his team’s spring game on Friday night.

Offensive coordinator Eddie Gran had a similar take.

“We’ll see where it all falls, but I think we’re in a really good situation with the guys we have in there, and we ought to be really excited about that,” he said on Kentucky Sports Radio last month.

But how will the rest of the Cats’ depth chart shake out? Here’s my best guess based on the Blue-White Spring Game, interviews with Stoops and UK assistant coaches and some plain old intuition.

(Returning starters are in bold, including Dorian Baker, who was a starter before sitting out last season with an injury.)


LT: Landon Young (6-7, 305, Jr.); Naasir Watkins (6-5, 318, Fr.-R)

LG: Logan Stenberg (6-6, 318, Jr.); Luke Fortner (6-6, 293, So.)

C: Drake Jackson (6-2, 303, So.); Bunchy Stallings (6-3, 315, Sr.)

RG: Bunchy Stallings (6-3, 315, Sr.); Mason Wolfe (6-6, 310, So.)

RT: George Asafo-Adjei (6-5, 315, Sr.); E.J. Price (6-6, 305, So.)

TE: C.J. Conrad (6-5, 252, Sr.); Justin Rigg (6-6, 246, Jr.)

WR: Dorian Baker (6-3, 205, Sr.); Josh Ali (6-0, 181, So.)

WR: Lynn Bowden (6-1, 195, So.); Clevan Thomas (5-11, 207, So.)

WR: Tavin Richardson (6-3, 214, So.); Isaiah Epps (6-2, 181, So.)

QB: Gunnar Hoak (6-4, 206, So.) OR Terry Wilson (6-3, 205, So.)

RB: Benny Snell (5-11, 223, Jr.); Sihiem King (5-9, 172, Sr.) OR A.J. Rose (6-1, 208, So.)


LB: Jamar “Boogie” Watson (6-3, 234, So.); Josh Allen (6-5, 255, Sr.)

DT: Adrian Middleton (6-3, 303, Sr.); Phil Hoskins (6-5, 306, Jr.)

NG: Quinton Bohanna (6-4, 340, So.); Tymere Dubose (6-5, 315, Sr.)

DE: Josh Paschal (6-3, 278, So.); T.J. Carter (6-4, 265, Jr.);

DE/OLB: Josh Allen (6-5, 255, Sr.); Kengera Daniel (6-5, 235, Sr.)

MLB: Kash Daniel (6-1, 242, Jr.); Alex King (6-3, 236, Fr.-R.)

WLB: Jordan Jones (6-2, 218, Sr.); Jamin Davis (6-4, 224, Fr.-R)

CB: Derrick Baity (6-3, 188, Sr.); Jordan Griffin (6-0, 194, Jr.)

CB: Lonnie Johnson (6-3, 206, Sr.); Chris Westry (6-4, 195, Sr.)

SS: Mike Edwards (6-0, 201, Sr.); Jordan Griffin (6-0, 194, Jr.)

FS: Darius West (6-0, 210, Sr.); Davonte Robinson (6-2, 187, So.)


K: Chance Poore (6-3, 200, Fr.) Miles Butler (5-9, 165, Sr.)

P: Max Duffy (6-1, 194, So.); Grant McKinniss (6-1, 200, So.)

LS: Tristan Yeomans (6-2, 208, Sr.); Blake Best (6-1, 218, Jr.)

PR: Lynn Bowden (6-1, 195, Fr.); David Bouvier (5-9, 168, Sr.)

KR: Sihiem King (5-9, 172, Sr.); Lynn Bowden (6-1, 190, So.)

H: Tristan Yeomans (6-2, 208, Sr.)

Note: Tristan Yeomans is long-snapper for punts and holder for place-kicks. Blake Best is long-snapper for place-kicks.

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