Kentucky Wildcats position battles

Outside linebacker Jason Hatcher has star potential for Mark Stoops and Kentucky but first he must serve a two-game suspension. Crystal LoGiudice/USA TODAY Sports

Now that Kentucky's coaches have officially selected Patrick Towles as the starting quarterback, one of the Wildcats' most talked-about position battles is settled.

Let's take a look at three more that Mark Stoops' coaching staff is still working to resolve:

Cornerback: Senior starters Fred Tiller and Cody Quinn are both back this season, but freshman Chris Westry is threatening to claim a starting spot opposite Quinn. Stoops said this week that the coaches are testing the 6-foot-4 newcomer with the first-team defense for now, noting that his size helps make up for occasional rookie mistakes. Tiller, sophomore Kendall Randolph and 6-3 freshman Derrick Baity are still apparently in the picture, though. Prior to camp, it would have been a mild upset to see one of the freshmen overtake a senior, but Westry and Baity have generated plenty of buzz in August.

Outside linebaceker: Losing a proven performer like Alvin "Bud" Dupree obviously hurts, but the Wildcats aren't in a horrible position here. Jason Hatcher has star potential, although he will serve two-game suspension to start the season for violating unspecified team rules. However, potential-packed redshirt freshman Denzil Ware has claimed a starting position at OLB lately, joining senior Jabari Johnson. Position coach Andy Buh told reporters this week that he is using Kengera Daniel and Josh Allen as their backups. Hatcher will almost certainly jump straight back into the starting lineup once his suspension ends, but if Ware performs against Louisiana-Lafayette and South Carolina the way he has thus far in camp, Buh might have to get creative with the way he deploys his personnel.

Right tackle: With projected starter Kyle Meadows sidelined by migraine headaches early in preseason camp, that opened the door for true freshman George Asafo-Adjei to take over the job. And "Big George" has apparently handled the job as well as could be expected. The early enrollee is already one of the biggest (6-5, 325), strongest players on the team, and he's not much fun for opposing pass-rushers to attempt to defeat. His emergence is a positive development for a young offensive line that surrendered 34 sacks last season, tying for 101st nationally. The competition between Asafo-Adjei and Meadows will presumably continue once Meadows has had time to fully recover from the migraine issues, but it's clear that the freshman will play as a reserve, at minimum, and he might just start from Day 1.