Kash Daniel wanting to "raise the bar" for Kentucky football this fall

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WYMT) - The talking season continued for Mark Stoops and the Kentucky Wildcats with their annual Media Day Friday.

One of the talking points was about Paintsville native Kash Daniel, who has stepped up and become one of the main faces of UK football.

Daniel has made more of an impact each year with the program and now he enters his final season in Lexington.

"Your freshman season to your senior season goes by like the snap of your fingers," said Daniel. "Anybody out there watching definitely take advantage of it. Have fun with it because it can go by just like that."

With the Wildcats losing seven starters on defense from last year, the senior will be asked to fill a bigger role. Mark Stoops says that Kash just needs to continue doing what he did to make the Big Blue Nation fall in love with him.

"Kash needs to be Kash," said Stoops. "He's very passionate. He cares about winning first and foremost. That's obvious to our team. He's a great leader, he's authentic. We'll continue to rely on him."

"It is a big role," said Daniel. "It is a big responsibility but you know, I got big enough shoulders."

The Wildcats achieved a 10-3 record last year, which is the team’s best season in 41 years since the 1977 team went 10-1.

Last year was successful, and Daniel doesn't want the Wildcats success to stay in the past.

"We are just going to build off what we did last year and take what we got and just build something no one has ever seen here," said Daniel. "We had a really good defense last year, can we replicate that. So that is one of our challenges here at this camp and one of our challenges for the whole season. Prediction wise I can't predict anything but I can say this defense's goal is to be the most feared defense in the nation and that is our goal."

Kentucky begins its season this fall with the Toledo Rockets on August 31 at noon.

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