UK Coach Rich Brooks and his staff have been evaluating the younger Cats during the open date, and he likes what he’s seen so far. The Wildcats had a scrimmage featuring the true freshmen and redshirt freshman on Thursday and will take the weekend off before resuming preparations for Tennessee on Sunday.
Brooks identified several redshirt freshmen who could skyrocket up the depth chart next fall. Perhaps one of the most impressive has been defensive end Collins Ukwu, a late signee who originally committed to Middle Tennessee State. The 6-foot-4 Ukwu arrived in Lexington last summer as a lean, sleek 207-pounder but is now a buff 243 pounds.
Brooks said the future of the offensive line is in good shape with Matt Smith, Dave Ulinskki and Trevino Woods, and Brooks and Brown tabbed William Johnson as another player likely to find himself in the rotation next year. Johnson, a 6-foot-3, 200-pounder with speed and athleticism, could be in the mix at either outside linebacker or safety.