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Three-year lettermen on UK depth chart

Think Mark Stoops will have a young football team in 2014? On the depth chart released today at the UK football press luncheon, just eight three-year lettermen were listed in the two-deep. Five of those are listed as being first team.

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True freshmen on UK football depth chart

Last week, UK coach Mark Stoops listed nine true freshmen that he thought would probably end up playing this year.

On the UK depth chart released today, seven true freshmen were listed among the two-deep. One was quarterback Drew Barker as a co-No. 2 at quarterback, and the staff hopes to redshirt the former Conner High School star.

Not listed on the two deep but expected to get playing time are true freshmen running backs Stanley Williams and Mikel Horton, plus wide receiver Thaddeus Snodgrass.

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Week 1: Kentucky football depth chart

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Mark Stoops thinks Bud Dupree is a first-round pick

At today’s press conference, Mark Stoops was asked about Bud Dupree and Za’Darius Smith’s pro prospects. Stoops said he believed that Dupree is a first-round draft pick, maybe even a high first-round pick.

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A three-spot from the Mark Stoops press conference

Three quick things from Kentucky football’s first game-week press luncheon of the season.

1. Suspensions. Senior offensive tackle Darrian Miller is suspended from the first game for a violation of team rules. Miller is considered possibly UK’s best offensive lineman, a player who had started 24 consecutive games. With Miller being a senior, it’s disappointing that he put himself in this position, though head coach Mark Stoops indicated the violation happened a while back and Miller had satisfied Stoops’ requirements to play in the season’s second game, against Ohio on Sept. 6.

Wide receiver Rashad Cunningham will also sit out the first game because of a suspension. Fellow wide out Demarco Robinson is eligible to play, said Stoops, after the senior was suspended for the final two games of the 2013 season.

2. Tweaks on defense. Senior star Bud Dupree is listed on the depth chart not as a defensive end but as a strong-side linebacker. In fact, sophomore Justin Hatcher is listed as the starter at defensive end along with Za’Darius Smith.

Dupree will also play defensive end in some sets with four down linemen. He’ll play up in other situations. And part of the listing reflects how well Hatcher has played in pre-season camp. The former Trinity star has not received much fanfare, but Stoops remarked last week that he was proud of how Hatcher had matured from his freshman to sophomore seasons.

3. Quarterbacks. Asked whether there was a plan to get backup quarterback Reese Phillips some action in the season opener, Stoops said that he would be very disappointed if the redshirt freshman did not get to play, but the head coach said he also knows that first-year starter Patrick Towles needs the experience and repetitions.

Towles won the job during camp. The former Highlands star was officially named the starter last Monday. Meanwhile, on Monday’s depth chart, Phillips and true freshman Drew Barker were listed together as co-second-teamers. The plan is to redshirt Barker, however, if possible.

Related link: Jennifer Smith’s UK football blog

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Livetweets: UK football luncheon for August 25

Kentucky’s first game-week luncheon of the 2014 football season starts today. Mark Stoops is scheduled to take questions starting at noon. Follow the tweet-fest here.

Check out Jennifer Smith’s blog for a recap of the presser.

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Week 1: SEC football schedule

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Related link: Herald-Leader’s 2014 college football preview

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