Football practice report: October 3rd


Kentucky defense celebrates an interception during the game against South Carolina on Saturday, September 29, 2018 in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Chase Phillips | Staff

Cody Ryan

Coming off another victory, the No. 13 UK football team remains undefeated, and will travel to College Station where they’ll face the 3-2 Texas A&M Aggies. The Wildcats are third in the country in points allowed.

Texas A&M leads the SEC in allowing sacks, giving up 3.4 sacks a game. Led by linebacker Josh Allen, the Cats’ defense will look to penetrate Texas A&M’s offensive line and attack the quarterback, and UK’s defense addressed the need to get to the quarterback Wednesday after practice.

After being announced as the SEC Defensive Player of the Week for the third time (and second straight week), Allen plans to pressure A&M’s quarterback frequently. With 20.5 career sacks, Allen has the third most sacks all-time for UK and is 6 sacks away from breaking the record.

“I’m just trying to do my job,” Allen said. “If God wants me to get 6 sacks, 7 sacks, you know, I’ll take it.”

Safety Mike Edwards expressed how much it would mean to him if for Allen to break the record.

“I want him to do the best he can, and if he breaks the record, it means a lot to me,” Edwards said.

Kash Daniel will miss the first half of the game versus the Aggies for being called for targeting against South Carolina.  Freshman linebacker Chris Oats found out Monday that he would fill in for him.

“I believe in myself and Kash believes in me,” Oats said.

Oats said he is prepared and “it’s time to go to work.” Oats will be a starting linebacker for a team that ranks 12th in the FBS for yards allowed. He’s ready to prove he can play football in the SEC and show he’s a dependable linebacker.

“As soon as Kash got ejected, my eyes got big,” Oats said.

Outside linebacker Jamar “Boogie” Watson plans on rushing the quarterback as usual and making the defensive back’s job easier. Even with Kash out in the first half, Watson isn’t concerned.

“I have a lot of faith in Chris Oats,” Watson said. ”I think he’ll make a lot of plays. I think he is ready for the moment”

Senior linebacker Jordan Jones forced a fumble and recovered the ball during the first quarter of the last game. While Oats is a freshman and first-time starter, he’s confident being surrounded by veteran leadership.

“They’ve been playing in this defense for a long, so they’ve been helping me out and making sure I’m on top of my stuff,” Oats said.

Kentucky and Texas A&M haven’t played since 1953, but they will face-off Saturday at 7 p.m. on ESPN.