Print and Go Back ESPN.com: SEC [Print without images]

Friday, April 24, 2009
Rosters set for Kentucky's spring game

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

Kentucky has split its roster into two teams and will play an actual game -- and not a best-against-the-rest scrimmage or offense vs. defense scrimmage -- in its annual Blue-White spring game on Saturday at 1:30 ET.

For instance, quarterback Mike Hartline, running back Alfonso Smith and defensive tackle Corey Peters will play for the White team, while quarterback/receiver Randall Cobb, cornerback Trevard Lindley, linebacker Micah Johnson and defensive end Jeremy Jarmon will all play for the Blue team.

The Kentucky assistant coaches actually drafted the two teams. It's worth noting that Cobb will be used primarily as a receiver in the game, although he will be allowed to line up in the Wildcat package a handful of times for the Blue team.

Here's a link to the rosters for both teams.

One of the keys to the Wildcats' success the last few seasons has been added depth. Not only have Rich Brooks and his staff recruited better players, but they've also been able to redshirt some players and compile some quality depth. It's been especially beneficial on defense.

Several players who weren't full-time starters a year ago have made big moves this spring and will be worth watching Saturday. Among them: defensive tackle Ricky Lumpkin, defensive ends Chandler Burden and Collins Ukwu, linebackers Danny Trevathan and Sam Maxwell and safety Winston Guy.

Junior college transfer Mark Crawford has added some much-needed muscle at tackle with the loss of Myron Pryor. The Wildcats will also get back back cornerback Paul Warford in the fall. Warford missed the spring with a broken bone in his foot. He was academically ineligible last season, but started 11 games as a sophomore in 2007.

If everybody stays healthy, this is a defense that should rank among the top five or six defenses in the league next season. Guy has star potential at safety, and it's a secondary that already includes the best cornerback in the league in Lindley.