Fresh off a bye week and playing at home on a Saturday night, the Kentucky Wildcats have a lot of weapons who could cause serious trouble for Tennessee Football when the Vols visit them Saturday night. Here are the five UK players to watch for who could make a huge impact on the game.
5. Trevin Wallace, LB
One of the rising leaders of the defense, Trevin Wallace has five tackles for a loss, three and a half sacks, an interception and a forced fumble to go along with 31 tackles, 11 of which were solo. Starting alongside D’Eryk Jackson at linebacker, Wallace has somewhat turned into Kentucky’s Aaron Beasley, so he could be a huge threat.
4. Deone Walker, DL
If your leading big-play tackler is an interior defensive lineman, that lineman usually has rare talent. Deone Walker is one of those linemen. For the year, Walker already has three and a half sacks and six and a half tackles for a loss. He could end up being an All-American at the end of the year, and the Vols won’t be able to run it unless they contain him.
3. Ray Davis, RB
By far Kentucky’s best weapon on offense, Ray Davis may be the best running back in the nation. Already on the year, he has 111 carries for 781 yards along with 15 catches for 193 yards and 13 total touchdowns, and the season’s barely halfway over. Tennessee Football has to watch out for him at all times, or he could be a major issue.
2. Devin Leary, QB
Although Davis is Kentucky’s best player, Devin Leary is clearly un upgrade from Will Levis. Add in the fact that his top receiver, Tayvion Robinson, will likely be healthy for the first time in a month, and he has a chance to have a field day, particularly with Kamal Hadden banged up. Leady has completed 106 of 195 passes for 14 touchdowns and seven picks so far this year.
1. Maxwell Hairston, CB
Given the fact that he leads the team in solo tackles with 35 and is ties for the lead in overall tackles with 44, there’s a debate about whether or not Maxwell Hairston is consistent in coverage. However, he still has five interceptions on the year, and Joe Milton III has had his issues. As a result, Tennessee Football has to watch out for him.