Monday, June 28, 2010

Player Profile: Michael Hartline

The day that Curtis Pulley was dismissed by Rich Brooks during the summer of 2008, the Mike Hartline era began. The Canton, Ohio native was rated a 3* prospect by rivals. He has been under fire from the UK faithful since his first start against Louisville. In his 2nd career start, he was replaced by Randall Cobb midway through the first half, and Cobb provided the spark that was needed to get the cats rolling. Hartline's first season was lackluster, and Cobb ended up starting the last 3 games of the season.

Last Season, UK went with the approach of moving Randall Cobb to be a full time WR, and just at qb when running the wildcat package. While Hartline had improved a little, the fans were calling for Morgan Newton, one of the top QB's in the nation. The fans got that chance when Hartline went down with an injury in perhaps his best performance in his career against South Carolina.

This season, Hartline is the presumed front runner over Morgan Newton and Ryan Mossakowski. I think that Hartline will get the start against Louisville, but unless he has improved tremendously, I don't see him finishing the season as the QB at Kentucky.

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