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Cats Depending on Freshmen

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky's freshmen are experiencing an extended orientation as the Wildcats battle through what has been an injury-plagued season.

Injuries have forced the Wildcats to play 26 so far. Kentucky has played 14 true freshmen, that ranks in the top five nationally.

Three - quarterback Jalen Whitlow, cornerback Cody Quinn and punter Landon Foster - will start Saturday at Arkansas (2-4, 1-2 Southeastern Conference).

While youth partly explains Kentucky's start (1-5, 0-3 SEC), the youngsters are also making significant contributions.

Foster is ninth among SEC punters; Whitlow and fellow freshmen QB Patrick Towles (now injured) led scoring drives last week against No. 19 Mississippi State; Quinn will make his fourth straight start.

The situation has resulted in a quick, but sometimes painful, maturation process.

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