On Monday, the University of Kentucky released it’s weekly depth chart. While reviewing it, two interesting things jumped off of the page. At cornerback, junior college transfer Lonnie Johnson is listed as the starter, replacing Chris Westry, who has not missed a start during his three years at UK. According to Jon Hale of the Louisville Courier-Journal:
“Lonnie played well,” UK coach Mark Stoops said Monday. “He’s doing some good things. He really is. We don’t just say that when we talk about competition and earning your way. That’s not lip service. And that’s nothing against Cris; we need to get Chris playing well and playing better. It’s not that he’s played poorly; it’s just that Lonnie played well.”
The other major change on the depth chart is the promotion of Quinton Bohanna to first team at nose tackle over senior Naquez Pringle. Coach stoops again praised the freshman’s efforts, rather than diminishing Pringle’s contributions.
Johnson’s physicality may help out tremendously against a very tall and talented Ole Miss receiving corps. Johnson is 6’3″ and weighs 205 pounds, a full ten pounds more than Westry, giving the Wildcats a physical presence at corner. In addition to three tackles and a sack against Tennessee, Johnson is very long and rangy, allowing him to break up one pass on a crucial third down for the Wildcats. Bohanna is a beast at 6’4″ and 320 pounds, yes it is still agile enough to get in the backfield on a regular basis. The additions of these two to the starting lineup will be critical to UK’s success against Ole Miss on Saturday.
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