LEXINGTON, Ky. – As expected, Kentucky Coach Rich Brooks said there are some lineup changes based on the results of the major scrimmage held Saturday.
“We’ve made some lineup changes,” Brooks said. “If we were to start (the season) tomorrow, and this is how we’ll start the scrimmage Tuesday night, in the offensive line we’ll have Garry Williams at left tackle, Zipp Duncan at left guard, Eric Scott at center, Jason Leger at right guard, and Justin Jeffries at right tackle.
“The five I mentioned have been the best in practice. Christian Johnson (who started last season at left guard) has to get better. Obviously, missing spring practice hurt him.”
Regarding freshmen who figure in the picture in the offensive line, Brooks said, “Stuart Hines has moved to second string at right guard. He played well in the scrimmage. Brad Durham is in the mix at tackle, along with Phillip Hibbard and Billy Joe Murphy as well at tackle.”
Brooks also addressed the backup quarterback situation.
“(Mike) Hartline did some pretty good things and executed well,” Brooks said. “He has a pretty good hold on No. 2 right now. I was upset yesterday because he took a sack he shouldn’t have. I feel a lot better after looking at the tape.
“The question is, ‘Who is No. 3?’ Right now, (Matt) Lentz is slightly ahead based on the scrimmage.”
On the defensive side, one highlight of the scrimmage was the continued improvement of sophomore middle linebacker Micah Johnson.
“Micah Johnson is playing better than he’s ever played,” Brooks said. “He’s doing some good things and is clearly a factor at middle linebacker.”
The Wildcats will practice again Monday afternoon, then have another scrimmage Tuesday night in Commonwealth Stadium. With classes beginning on Wednesday, the team will take off from practice that day.