5 UK Football Freshmen You Need to Know About
By: Adam Griggs
With the high level of competition of SEC football, even freshmen who don’t pick up a redshirt spend very little time on the field if any at all. That’s likely the case for most of the 2017 class of freshmen, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some dynamic athletes you’re going to be hearing a lot about this fall.
Tyrell Ajian – One of Vince Marrow’s super-recruits from just north of the Ohio River, Ajian shows all the promise of being a future leader for UK’s defense. A safety with great speed and size, he will have the versatility to move around the field in coverage if needed or come up and make a big hit when opposing running backs break into the second level. This guy does not fear contact.
Lynn Bowden – This is a name you’ve probably heard quite a bit already. Bowden is an athlete with tremendous upside and versatility. As you can see in this highlight reel from his time as a QB in high school,
Bowden will make SEC defense’s plan around him in the future. Listed as a wide receiver for the Cats, look for Eddie Gran to find unique ways to get Bowden touches this season. Once he masters running routes, the sky is the limit!
Danny Clark – What is college football without a little Quarterback controversy? Stephen Johnson owns the job at this point. Beating the Cards at Papa John’s stadium earned at least a little security. Behind him Drew Barker and Gunnar Hoak will be chomping at the bit for their chance on the field, but Danny Clark will be in that conversation right around the corner. At 6’4” and 230 lbs, Clark is a pro-style quarterback that Marrow pulled out of a commitment to Ohio State. Clark even had his OSU tattoo covered up before committing to Kentucky. With Gunnar Hoak and Danny Clark competing for the job in the future, UK is looking very tough at quarterback in upcoming seasons.
Jordan Wright – A big, strong outside linebacker, Jordan Wright has had some extra attention from more than our football coaches. Coach Cal has even shown some interest in Wright being a two-sport athlete and getting some work on the hardwood for the cats too. Whether that ever happens or not, it will always be a fun thing to consider while Wright works his way into the defensive depth chart in the next two seasons. He’s listed at 6’5”, 230 lbs, and has a reputation for loving rough play.
Yusuf Corker – Of all the incoming freshmen, this DB from Georgia could see the most time on the field. His reputation coming out of high school indicates that he has the maturity and instinct to be a playmaker right out of the gate. This is a position that the Wildcats have had plenty of difficulty with in past seasons, and the development of Chris Westry and Yusuf Corker will be vital in future success in the country’s toughest conference.