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Defense: The Wildcats will be returning their top three leading tacklers from the 2012 season, senior LB Avery Williamson, who racked up 135 tackles last year, which was second in the SEC; junior Alvin Dupree who managed 91 tackles last year, and Dupree will be seeing most of his action at DE this season; finally, junior Miles Simpson, who recorded 70 tackles at weakside linebacker. This is great news for the Wildcat faithful, although the secondary will be an area of concern throughout the season. Kentucky will be losing a starting safety and corner to graduation. The rest of the defense, however, will be mostly returning starters, and they will be helping out the young secondary as much as possible.
Special Teams: Sophomore punter Landon Foster was named to the Freshmen All-American team and he will be the punter for the Wildcats this season. The placekicking job is being competed for between senior Joe Mansour and a couple of walk-on candidates. Punt and kickoff returners will include Demarco Robinson, Daryl Collins, DeMarcus Sweat, Raymond Sanders, and Dyshawn Mobley.
Outlook: The Kentucky Wildcats will have to deal with a handful this year in the conference schedule. The Wildcats will be facing Florida, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi State, Missouri, Vanderbilt, Georgia, and Tennessee, along with Western Kentucky (Sun Belt), Miami of Ohio (MAC), Louisville (AAC), and Alabama State (FCS). I expect the Wildcats to take advantage of their relatively easy non-conference schedule, but I do not anticipate Kentucky being able to create a winning season in the SEC this year.
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