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UK defense searching for depth, Randolph impressive

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Kentucky is looking for defensive improvement heading into Saturday's game with Ohio at Commonwealth Stadium.

"Did some good things," defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot said. "We're just concentrating on getting better fundamentally. So we have to get some depth, gotta establish some players at all positions for our backups. That's our emphasis."

The Wildcats shutout UT Martin for three quarters, then gave up 250 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 59-14 victory.

True freshman Kendall Randolph turned in a solid performance at cornerback. Randolph was credited with four solo tackles, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble. His hard hit on Ladevin Fair jarred the ball loose in the third quarter and Khalid Henderson returned it 89 yards for a touchdown.

"Ah it felt great." said Randolph. "It's something that a lot of high school players dream about playing in the toughest conference in college football. Right now it's just a blessing for me. I get an opportunity that a lot of people don't get, so I'm just trying to take advantage of it."

Defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot praised the performance by the freshman out of Tallahassee, Florida.

"Kendall played with tenacity, Kendall played with confidence, Kendall played fast." said Eliot. "I was impressed with Kendall for a true freshman. He reminds me a lot of Blake McClain last year."

Kentucky and Ohio kickoff at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The game is televised by ESPNU.


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