Kentucky's Josh Paschal aims higher than third in SEC East

Kentucky photo by Jacob Noger / Kentucky defensive end Josh Paschal sets his sights on Auburn quarterback Bo Nix during last year's season opener in Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Even missing a tackle or arriving late to the quarterback are blessings to Kentucky fifth-year senior defensive end Josh Paschal.

Not that those are common occurrences.

In July 2018, the 6-foot-3, 278-pounder from Prince George's County, Maryland, was diagnosed with a malignant melanoma that would result in three surgeries and months of immunotherapy treatments. The scariest aspect even today with the diagnoses was the location - on the bottom of his right foot near the big toe.

"It was on a spot that you don't really recognize, so thankfully we have trainers who tape up ankles and stuff like that, and they were able to see it," Paschal said last week at SEC Media Days. "I went to a podiatrist to get it looked at, and they sent me to a dermatologist.