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Kentucky DE Josh Paschal Diagnosed With Melanoma

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While Kentucky is struggling with who will be their next starting quarterback, they have lost most likely one of the most important pieces on the defensive side. Sophomore defensive end Josh Paschal was diagnosed with malignant melanoma and could most likely miss the entire 2018 season. There are only seven defensive ends on the roster this season and three of them are freshman with one a redshirt, Paschal was one of four defensive ends to see action last season.

Paschal played in eight games last season as a freshman and was third in total tackles among all defensive ends for Kentucky. The most important element was that Paschal recorded three and a half sacks, which was third on the team. It will only leave three experienced players on the defensive end, most likely forcing one of the freshman into action. If info serves me correctly, all freshman appear to be walk-ons and don’t appear on the 2018 247sports.com recruiting list.

LB Denzil Ware was second on the team in sacks with six and a half, but transferred out of Kentucky after graduating early. It leaves fellow senior linebacker Josh Allen as the only true sack leader on the team, as he led with seven in 2017. In terms of sacks for 2018, those who have earned sacks will most likely have to step up going after the quarterback until the freshman defensive ends get warmed up. It is already getting tough on both sides of the balls if not knowing who is starting under center is bad enough.

Losing one of your key sack leaders and struggling to see who your starting quarterback is can most likely put Mark Stoops in the hot seat this season. Even after returning to the postseason for the first time since 2010, they have yet to win a bowl game under Stoops.

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