Most of Kentucky’s players went home at various points this summer.
Not linebacker Travaughn Paschal. He never made it home to Maryland. There was too much work to do coming back from not one, but two off-season surgeries.
“I haven’t been home in I don’t know how long,” the senior said on Monday morning, the first day of practice for UK. “Some guys went home, but I felt like I had started behind so to catch up with everybody else, I had to be here. I had to do extra things, make sure my body was right.”
Paschal, a 6-foot-4 senior who has moved to the middle linebacker spot where he is listed behind Josh Forrest on the post-spring depth chart, had surgery on his abdomen and on his ankle after last season.
In his first two seasons at UK, Paschal played defensive end before moving to linebacker last season where he had 39 tackles in nine games, starting in five of them.
He’s one of several guys who will attempt to fill the spot of tackles leader Avery Williamson this season. But Paschal said he’s just doing what he can.
“I don’t try to put that pressure on myself, but I am trying to be the best teammate I can be every down, every rep that I get, I won’t let my teammates down,” he said. “I won’t let that happen.”