After what many would call an ugly win over Miami (OH) on Saturday, Kentucky now turns its attention to palsying Florida in The Swamp. The pre-Florida depth chart was loaded with a lot of news that will be the talk of Lexington all week. Here is the big news from the new depth chart.
Chris Rodriguez And Jordan Wright Are Nowhere To Be Seen
Reports going into the season suggested that Chris Rodriguez would be out 3-4 games. Despite that, there were some silent rumblings that Rodriguez may get to play this weekend against Florida. Meanwhile, similar reports said that Jordan Wright would likely just miss the season opener. With both Rodriguez and Wright vacant from the week two depth chart, it looks like both team captains will be out in one of Kentucky's most important games of the season.
Running Back Room Is Suddenly Thin
In what was considered the deepest room on Kentucky's roster by many, the Wildcats' running back depth is now shockingly thin after week one. We have already discussed the suspension status for Chris Rodriguez, but now Mark Stoops has to manage injuries to JuTahn McClain and Ramon Jefferson. Stoops announced in his Monday presser that Jefferson will be out "several weeks" while McClain is no longer on the two-deep depth chart. It is worth noting that McClain is present as second kickoff returner behind Barion Brown. That likely indicates that McCalin will be available for Kentucky, but in a much more limited role. Kavosiey Smoke and La'Vell Wright are listed as the top two running backs this week.
Lots Of Movement On The Offensive Line
The play of the Big Blue Wall has been a huge area of concern since the conclusion of Saturday's game. More specifically, the left tackle position left a lot to be desired. Redshirt freshman David Wohlabaugh got the nod to start on Saturday and his performance was unfortunately not enough to keep him in that position. Kenneth Horsey has been moved to LT1, while Wohlabaugh was moved back right tackle, behind Jeremy Flax. John Young will now backup Jager Burton at left guard, while Kiyaunta Goodwin remains LT2. With the retooled offensive line, let's hope Kentucky does not give up four sacks and can rush for more than 50 yards.
All the roster movement is very concerning, considering it is only week two, but the coaching staff is doing what they feel like will give Kentucky the best chance at beating Florida this weekend. All the momentum and hype are on Florida's side, which is exactly how Stoops and company like it. Saturday can't get here soon enough.