DeAndre Square is one of many returning pieces from a strong 2019 Kentucky defense. He finished second on the team in tackles with 69, including four tackles for loss. He also caused a fumble and had an interception. He did a little bit of everything last year, and Bleacher Report believes he is one of the top SEC players “poised to have a breakout year.”
Square got plenty of playing time last season, but with Kash Daniel gone he will be the anchor of the interior defense. After what we saw in his sophomore campaign, he is certainly capable of carrying the load. And if he meets expectations, some believe this may be his last season in Lexington.
“With Stoops at the helm, Kentucky has done an exceptional job developing defenders, and Square has the ability to be an All-SEC linebacker on the interior this year and exit Lexington early after his junior season,” Brad Shepard of Bleacher Report wrote. “It’s going to take special seasons from guys like him for Kentucky to catch Georgia and Florida in the East.”
Everything coming out of Kentucky’s early practices suggests that everyone is locked in and focused. There are lofty expectations for the defense as well as the offensive line, which have long been the bread and butter of successful SEC teams. Is Kentucky ready to take the next step toward competing for an SEC championship?
“This is a huge opportunity for Square to prove he’s one of the league’s top defenders and to help Kentucky continue to prove it belongs in the SEC conversation,” Sheperd wrote. Read the rest of his article about the “Top 10 SEC Players Poised to Have a BreakoutYear” here.