The Kentucky Wildcats are getting prepared for a date with the Clemson Tigers in Jacksonville later this month. In what should be a competitive Gator Bowl matchup, the Cats roster got a little stronger today after a report of some players who will play in the game to finish the season.
According to a report by Ryan Lemond of KSR, the Cats will have tight end Jordan Dingle and cornerback Andru Phillips suiting up against the Tigers.
However, the Cats will be without right tackle Kenneth Horsey and left guard Jeremy Flax.
Ryan Lemond repeats on KSR that Kentucky will be without Kenneth Horsey and Jeremy Flax for the bowl game but Jordan Dingle and Dru Phillips will play— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) December 20, 2023
With Ray Davis and Devin Leary already committed to play in the bowl game, adding Dingle back to the mix is a huge development. We saw the impact that the tight ends had in the passing game in the win against Louisville. Now, let’s hope that wrinkle of the offense carries over to the bowl game.
The same can be said about the addition of Phillips back to the bowl roster. As he prepares for the NFL Draft, having a good game against a name-brand opponent such as Clemson would definitely help his draft stock.
Now, without Horsey and Flax on the offensive line, that is a blow to the offensive unit as a whole. However, it will give the opportunity to several different players across the o-line to potentially work their way up the depth chart as we head into the offseason. Look for Dylan Ray to get the nod at left guard and Courtland Ford to start at right tackle vs. the Tigers.
It should be a fun one in Jacksonville, folks.