With a new season set to start tomorrow, Mark Stoops has announced his five captains for the 2019 Kentucky Wildcats.
DL Joshua Paschal, WR Lynn Bowden, LB Kash Daniel, QB Terry Wilson and OL Logan Sternberg were voted to the positions by their teammates.
“I’m proud of their leadership,” said Stoops of the decision.
After being diagnosed with malignant melanoma and completing immunotherapy treatment, it says a lot about Josh Paschal that he’s ready for the season and it says even more about what his teammates think of him to make the list as a redshirt sophomore.
Starting at left guard for every game over the last two seasons, Logan Sternberg is set to have a strong senior season protecting on the line. He’s been just successful in the classroom as well, as he was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
As a sophomore last season, Lynn Bowden Jr. was Terry Wilson’s favorite target, as he led the team in catches (67), receiving yards (745), and touchdown catches (5). He’s also an incredible threat on special teams as the Wildcats kick and punt return specialist. With his connection with Wilson only growing stronger in the offseason, he’s primed for another strong statistical season.
Terry Wilson is the team’s x-factor. He helped lead the Wildcats to their first 10 win season since 1977, but he had his own personal ups and downs throughout the year. He completed 67.2% of his passes last season, but had only a 1.4 TD/INT ratio. He’s a great rusher from the QB position, but he can really open up the Wildcats offense if he can prove he’s improved his passing ability.
Kash Daniel isn’t just a good player, but he’s an incredible leader of men. He’s experienced at it as well as the only returning captain from last season. As the heart and soul of the Wildcats, Daniel returns for his senior season a year after finishing third on the team in tackles (84) and tackles for loss (7.5). Daniel doesn’t care about his personal success, though, as long as team success follows for the Wildcats.
The UK football team certainly knows how to pick them as they covered all the bases for emotional, skilled, experienced, and motivational leaders. This team has a lot of questions swirling around how successful they can be after losing so much production, but they shouldn’t have any question about their preparation, mindset, or leadership with these five on the front lines.