In recent years, Kentucky has had a pretty good defensive backfield. Last year, it was not good. In 2011, we find ourselves returning just about all of last year’s starters, but is that a good thing? ESPN ranks the SEC’s defensive backfields today. They did not include a Wildcat defender in their list of individual defensive backs, but were nice enough to include Kentucky in their team list.
10. Kentucky: There is a lot of experience with four senior starters returning, but the unit has to show that it can be consistent in big games. Safety/linebacker hybrid Winston Guy leads the group with his speed, strength and athleticism, and will move down into the box as the nickel linebacker. Seniors Randall Burden and Anthony Mosley are back at corner after combing for 11 pass breakups and two interceptions. Junior Martavius Neloms began the spring as the starter at corner, but could see more time at safety this fall. Mychal Bailey will line up at safety and was second behind Guy with two interceptions last season. Inexperience behind this group is still a problem.