Another key member of this coming season’s UK secondary is former five-star recruit Kelvin Joseph. The talented DB is projected to be a starting defensive back this season for the Cats, an important role in modern-day college football.
Joseph transferred in from LSU, a school known for putting skillful defensive backs into the NFL, like Seattle safety Jamal Adams and Buffalo cornerback Tre’Davious White. When he met with the media after practice on Thursday, the DB recognized the challenges of living up to such expectations after transferring to Kentucky. With that said, he is confident the group will prove their worth on the field this season.
“It’s a challenge. It’s a standard you gotta hold yourself to every day to be a part of the ‘DBU’ group at LSU, and I feel like coming here to Kentucky — there’s gonna be some great things happening because I’m surrounded by a lot of good players, and we could do good things,” he said. “Just because we don’t have the ‘known for DBU’, I feel like we’re finna prove that though. We might not be ‘DBU’, but we gonna show you all we the best DB’s stepping on the field. ”
Joseph said he felt like a freshman when he first transferred to UK as he redshirt and played on the scout team last season. Now that he is in a starting role on the defense, the former LSU DB is ready for this schedule to ramp up knowing the ability of the secondary, saying they will be making a huge impact on the game.
“We gonna make a lot of plays,” he said. “We gonna make a lot of play for sure — that’s not gonna be a question, it’s just on us to make it.”
The Kentucky football squad has not seen the level of respect this preseason that it would like to, as they have rarely been featured in any Top 25 poll despite two straight winning seasons with a bowl victory. Joseph is not a fan of the disrespect, and is ready to prove any haters that they are wrong.
“I’m just gonna say what’s on my mind every time. What’s the point of shooting cold if I know what we can do — I’m not gonna keep it secret,” he said. “We not getting the respect that we’re supposed to be getting, so I’m gonna let you all know, I’m gonna let the fans know, I’m just gonna let the people know who not respecting us that we on the way, and we not playin’.”
The drive to hit the field is clearly a part of Joseph’s game, and adding him to an already talented secondary will only make the UK defense even tougher this season.