By LARRY VAUGHT
One of Kentucky’s biggest questions going into spring practice is who will replace center Jon Toth.
Not only was he a four-year starter, but he seldom missed a play because of injury. He also called the signals for the UK offensive line.
“It definitely is very important in — we absolutely love Jon. What did he have, 48 straight starts or whatever? That’s what you’re looking for at center. But I do think that we have some options starting with Bunchy (Stallings), with the experience that he has,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said Monday.
Stallings became a starter at offensive guard last season and his physical play helped ignite UK’s running game after quarterback Drew Barker was injured.
Stoops also plans to give redshirt freshman Drake Jackson a look at center.
“With Bunchy, you have the physicality you’re looking for, you have the experience you’re looking for. He’s very athletic,” Stoops said. “And we feel like we have some really good options at guard. I think just like we talked about all last year, I think it’s the same way heading into this year with the depth that we have at offensive line. I feel very comfortable, even with some new guys coming into the mix like Luke Fortner, but we — I believe when it’s all said and done, by the time we get to game 1, we’ll have a two deep across the board.”
That two deep look will not include Fortner at center.
“We’re not messing with that right now, no,” Stoops said.