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3 questions Kentucky football must address in spring practice


At safety, there is at least some experience with senior Jordan Griffin and junior Davonte Robinson well acquainted to the Southeastern Conference and sophomores Tyrell Ajian and Yusuf Corker showing glimpses of promise in their debut seasons last fall.


Junior-college transfer Brandin Echols will be counted on to serve a key role right away this fall, so a strong set of spring practices could give him the early track to a starting cornerback spot after enrolling at UK in January.


Echols will garner much of the attention of the nine members of the 2019 signing class who enrolled for the spring semester given his age and the need at his position, but he’s far from alone among players in the group possible of making an early impact.


Junior-college transfer Marquez Bembry and freshmen Jared Casey, a former four-star recruit from Ballard, and Tra Wilkins will factor in the competition to replace Allen at “Jack” linebacker.


Ali and classmate Isaiah Epps have the most experience of UK’s other wide receivers but neither has shown the consistency that suggests Kentucky can count on them for a significant step forward.


Former Iowa basketball player Ahmad Wagner can be included in that group after using the 2018 season to re-acclimate himself with football – and draw pass interference penalties in the few times Kentucky targeted him.






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