"I'm really proud of Kash and what he's done overcoming some adversity." Mark Stoops shares his feelings for Kash Daniel through frustrating year

Published: Nov. 25, 2019 at 7:12 PM EST
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Kash Daniel faced some adversity recently off the field with the death of his grandfather. In addition to that, the senior linebacker has also struggled to stay healthy this season and has faced scrutiny on the field.

Despite that, the Paintsville native has fought through it all to lead the Wildcats. Mark Stoops commented on Kash's situation at his news conference before the Louisville game and expressed how proud he was of Daniel.

"Kash is good. It's hard. Kash is one of those guys, he leaves everything out there. He practices so hard. He plays so hard. He has some frustrations at times because he's getting beat up at times. He's one of those guys, there's no question each year, last year he had surgeries and had to take care of his body in the off-season. It took him a long time to get healthy. This year, as the year goes on, same thing. He has some ups and some downs, gives it everything he's got, and I'm really proud of Kash and what he's done overcoming some adversity and things that maybe not everybody knows about. Each individual is different and goes through some ups and downs and goes through lot of trials and tribulations and things going on in their personal life and their own lives and in their families that are just very hard. But the young man gives us everything he's got all of the time. We love him. He's a great teammate. He's ready to go. He'll be back out there ready to go this week. So, proud of him and the things he's had to overcome."

With all the injuries Daniel has faced, Stoops was also asked about Daniel's future in the sport, possibly going to the NFL or hanging up the cleats.

"That's up to Kash and what he wants to do. I know it's hard to make those decisions right now as you go through a long and stressful season and as you're beat up mentally and physically. I mentioned how difficult it is. I don't want him to make any of those decisions right now until he has time after this week to heal up a little bit, rest up. It's hard for him. He plays so hard that his body feels like it may be time to move on to something different, but that's his decision, and when and where and how he wants to make it, that'll be up to him. As far as working here or doing something with me, you never know. Certainly, you love a guy like that and everything he's done for our program. I would welcome that as well."

Daniel will play at Kroger Field one final time when Kentucky hosts Louisville on November 30th. Game time is set for Noon on the SEC Network.