Kash Daniel has been a local hero since he stepped on campus.
He cemented himself as a big personality in early 2018 when he went all “Stone Cold Steve Austin” after Kentucky defeated Florida. He had a great junior season and seemed poised to lead this year’s defense, only to struggle with a variety of issues in 2019.
Daniel suffered from multiple concussions this season, struggled to replicate his strong play from 2018, and most notably was disciplined by coach Mark Stoops after obviously trying to injure Florida quarterback Kyle Trask on the bottom of a pile early in the season.
However, Daniel showed up and showed out in the Belk Bowl, leading the Wildcats in tackles with eight in the team’s upset victory over the Virginia Tech Hokies. He was interviewed by the SEC Network directly after the game, and took the opportunity to publicly apologize to Kyle Trask and all of Florida football.
“I apologize to Kyle Trask — no, for real,” Daniel said. “I apologize to the University of Florida. I apologize to the University of Florida’s fan base… I’m sorry from the bottom of my heart.”
Daniel finished his career with 168 tackles, an interception and a sack. It does not appear as though he is a prospect with the NFL, so his future in football is uncertain. Of course, the XFL has now become an option for several former Wildcats. Many believe a career in the WWE may be in the cards.
Whatever he does, Daniel will forever be remembers as a fan favorite. He is one of the biggest sports personalities to come out of eastern Kentucky in years, and all-in-all represented his community well. This apology was a great example of him doing so.
Thank you, Kash, for four years of heart and leadership, leaving it all on the field.