Despite losing both of their starting safeties from 2018, the Kentucky Wildcats 2019 group did not skip a beat as they helped form one of the nation’s top pass defenses.

Entering 2020, the Wildcats again have lost a starter in Jordan Griffin but bring back the teams’ leading tackler from a year ago, a big-name who missed the entire 2019 season due to injury and several former high rated recruits.

Here’s a look at Kentucky’s group of safeties for 2020.

Yusuf Corker speaks with the media after Kentucky defeated Eastern Michigan 38-14. Photo: Aaron Gershon/Big Blue Insider

Yusuf Corker #29

Class: Junior

Height/Weight: 6-0, 198 lbs.

Hometown/High School: McDonough, Ga., Woodland

247 Recruit Rankings: 4-star, No. 36 Cornerback in 2017

Yusuf Corker entered 2020 fresh off a monster redshirt sophomore season in 2019. Corker sat out the 2017 season to preserve a redshirt year and made eight tackles while playing in all 13 games in 2018.

In 2019, Corker started all 13 games at safety for the Wildcats and led the team with 74 tackles while breaking up four passes, grabbing an interception and recovering two fumbles.

Corker will look to continue his production in 2020 as he begins to make a name for himself as a potential future NFL draft pick.

Mike Edwards celebrates a Middle Tennessee turnover with Davonte Robinson (#9) Photo by Brandon Turner

Davonte Robinson #9

Class: Senior

Height/Weight: 6-2, 208 lbs.

Hometown/High School: Lexington Ky., Henry Clay

247 Recruit Rankings: 3-star No. 89 Cornerback in 2016

Lexington’s own Davonte Robinson will make his long-anticipated return to action in 2020. Robinson missed the entire 2019 season with a quadriceps injury, which was a massive blow for the then junior who was expected to start for the first time in his career.

Robinson joined UK in 2016 and redshirted before playing in all 13 games in both 2017 and 2018. In 2017 he totaled 19 tackles. In 2018 he made 42 tackles with three tackles for loss, four pass breakups, and two fumble recoveries, including returning a Josh Allen strip-sack for a touchdown to seal Kentucky’s streak ending victory over Florida.

As a Senior in 2020, Robinson will look for a full season of health and production as he puts the finishing touches on a stellar college career in his hometown.

Quandre Mosely speaks with the media after Kentucky’s 28-13 loss to Mississippi State in Starkville. Photo: Drew Brown

Quandre Mosely #21

Class: Senior

Height/Weight: 6-2, 186 lbs.

Hometown/High School: Brunswick Ga., Glynn Academy 

247 Recruit Rankings: 3-star No. 5 JUCO Safety

Quandre Mosely will be entering his second and final season with the Wildcats in 2020. Mosley joined UK in 2019 after two seasons at Eastern Arizona Community College.

There the Georgia native picked off a league-leading six passes in 2017 and earned offers from schools such as Oregon and Utah.

In his first year with the Wildcats, Mosley played in all 13 games while drawing two starts. He totaled 24 tackles, three pass breakups, a sack and an interception.

Tyrell Ajian celebrates his interception vs. Mississippi State. Photo by Brandon Turner

Tyrell Ajian #23

Class: Redshirt Junior

Height/Weight: 6-0, 192 lbs.

Hometown/High School: Mansfield, Ohio, Madison Comprehensive

247 Recruit Rankings: 4-star No. 16 Athlete in 2017

Former four-star recruit Tyrell Ajian enters his redshirt junior season with the Wildcats in 2020.

After sitting out in 2017, Ajian played in all 13 games in 2018 and totaled 10 tackles, three pass breakups and grabbed an interception during the Wildcats 28-7 victory over Mississippi State.

He followed up a strong redshirt freshman season by playing in 12 games and drawing two starts in 2019 in which he totaled 17 tackles, an interception and a pass breakup.

Taj Dodson (#30) Photo: Taj Dodson on Facebook.

Taj Dodson #30

Class: Redshirt Freshman

Height/Weight: 6-1, 191 lbs.

Hometown/High School: Union City, Ga., Creekside 

247 Recruit Rankings: 3-star No. 33 Athlete in 2019

Taj Dodson enters his redshirt freshman season after impressing the UK coaching staff in his limited role last season.

Dodson played in each of Kentucky’s first three games totaling three tackles and a fumble recovery. He likely would’ve played the full season but suffered an injury in UK’s Week 3 loss to Florida, which led to him taking a redshirt season.

He will look to continue where he left off pre-injury without the redshirt in 2020.

Moses Douglass during media day in 2019. Photo: WKYT

Moses Douglass #11

Class: Redshirt Freshman

Height/Weight: 6-2, 197 lbs.

Hometown/High School: Springfield, Ohio, Springfield 

247 Recruit Rankings: 4-star No. 30 Safety in 2019

Moses Douglass is one of many Wildcats from Springfield, Ohio. The former four-star recruit is entering his redshirt freshman season with the Cats after being held to three games in 2019.

In his limited action, Douglass made his first career tackle and earned playing time in the Cats rivalry matchup with Tennessee. He will look for an increased role in 2020.

Joel Williams speaks with the media upon his arrival in Lexington. Photo: Aaron Gershon/Big Blue Insider

Joel Williams #27

Class: Freshman

Height/Weight: 6-1, 200 lbs.

Hometown/High School: Baton Rouge, La., Madison Prep Academy 

247 Recruit Rankings: 4-star No. 16 Athlete in 2020

The highly coveted Joel Williams will be entering his true freshman season with the Wildcats set to shift his focus to the safety position.

Williams was a four-star recruit as both a wide receiver and defensive back but will play safety for the Wildcats. He enrolled with the team early after choosing UK over Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Florida and Georgia.

Vito Tisdale’s 2020 recruiting poster. Photo: UK Athletics

Vito Tisdale #TBD

Class: Freshman

Height/Weight: 6-1, 201 lbs.

Hometown/High School: Bowling Green Ky., Bowling Green

247 Recruit Rankings: 3-star No. 40 Safety in 2020

Bowling Green native Vito Tisdale will enter his true freshman season for his home state Wildcats.

Tisdale was named a U.S. Army All-American and first-team All-State member after totaling 88 total tackles, four interceptions and two fumble recoveries during his senior season at Bowling Green High School. He chose UK over Alabama, Georgia and Texas A&M.

Rickey Hyatt headshot. Photo: 247sports

Rickey Hyatt #TBD

Class: Freshman

Height/Weight: 6-2, 187 lbs.

Hometown/High School: Westerville, Ohio, Central

247 Recruit Rankings: 3-star No. 55 Safety in 2020

Rickey Hyatt is the third and final safety Kentucky inked to their loaded 2020 recuriting class.

A native of Westerville, Ohio, Hyatt picked the Wildcats despite offers from Ohio State, Penn State, Notre Dame, Michigan State and several others.

Zac Berezowitz’s Birthday graphic. Photo: UK Athletics

Zac Berezowitz #24

Class: Junior

Height/Weight: 6-0, 187 lbs.

Hometown/High School: Lexington Ky., Henry Clay

247 Recruit Rankings: Unranked

Lexington native and Henry Clay High School alum Zac Berezowitz enters his third year as a Wildcat walk-on.

After practicing with the squad in 2018, Berezowitz made his first collegiate action last season during Kentucky’s 50-7 victory over U-T Martin.

Ben Drake (#30), Will Nalty (#38), Matt Ruffolo (#96) and Jack Varga (#48) hold the Belk Bowl trophy. Photo: University of Kentucky Delts

Ben Drake #30

Class: Sophomore

Height/Weight: 6-1, 192 lbs.

Hometown/High School: Charlottesville, Va., Monticello

247 Recruit Rankings: Unranked

Ben Drake will enter his second season as a Wildcat walk-on in 2020.

Drake was named Monticello High School in Virginia’s Male Athlete of the Year in 2019 and joined the Cats instead of James Madison and Virginia Tech. His uncle, Richard Shadwick, played football in the Bluegrass at Morehead State.

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