Today, the Wildcats revealed their first official depth chart of the new season. The most notable listing is true freshman Beau Allen listed as the backup quarterback behind Terry Wilson. Joey Gatewood was expected to be the backup, but he still hasn’t gotten a waiver to play this season.
Still, it’s a surprise to see Allen get the nod over senior Sawyer Smith for this week. Allen has drawn a lot of praise in fall camp, but it will be tough to go with the true freshman at Auburn is Wilson gets hurt.
At running back, senior AJ Rose is the starter with Chris Rodriguez OR Kavosiey Smoke as the backup.
The starting wide receivers are senior Josh Ali, junior Allen Dailey, sophomore Bryce Oliver, and junior Clevan Thomas. Ali and Thomas were both full-time starters last year.
Left guard was one of the biggest position battles coming into the new season, and it’s sophomore Kenneth Horsey getting the nod over freshman Eli Cox.
At cornerback, it will be senior Brandin Echols and sophomore Kelvin Joseph as the starting boundary cornerbacks, while senior Davonte Robinson is the starting nickelback. Joseph is a transfer from LSU who had to sit out last season due to NCAA transfer rules.
At tight end, senior Justin Rigg got the nod over sophomore Keaton Upshaw, though the latter looked good in fall camp and should still get plenty of playing time this season, especially since Kentucky uses two-tight end formations a lot.
One other notable battle was at strong safety where junior Tyrell Ajian got the nod over senior Quandre Mosely. Both guys started games last season, but its Ajian getting the starting spot for now, though Mosely can play safety and corner, so he’ll still likely get plenty of defensive snaps.