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Stoops worried about Za’Darius for the opener

UK Football Fan Day

Za’Darius Smith has been wearing a protective boot since rolling his ankle during the first week of fall camp. Originally believed to be a minor injury with the boot serving as a precaution, now we’re hearing the injury is a little more significant than originally expected and could keep him out of Kentucky’s first game.

Stoops said today that he’s worried about Smith and cornerback Cody Quinn due to their “aggravating ankle injuries.” There’s a chance they won’t be ready to go in 11 days, but they’re trying to get back out on the field.

If Smith can’t go, defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot mentioned TraVaughn Paschal and Farrington Huguenin as two guys playing well as of late. Jason Hatcher is another guy that’ll get some looks, too.

Let’s hope Za’Darius’ injured ankle doesn’t haunt Kentucky all season.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

8 Comments for Stoops worried about Za’Darius for the opener



  1. uk56always
    6:46 pm August 20, 2013 Permalink

    Lord please not te injury curse this team seems to fall intoyear after year. Staying positive in Owensboro…Go Cats!



  2. A-Rod
    6:51 pm August 20, 2013 Permalink

    I’ve got a guy who can help with that. Call me!



  3. Elkattio
    6:54 pm August 20, 2013 Permalink

    That’d be about right… Par for the course, though.



  4. Z
    6:58 pm August 20, 2013 Permalink

    When the moon is in the seventh house
    And Jupiter aligns with Mars
    Then peace will guide the planets
    And love will steer the stars
    This is the dawning of the age
    Of a Za’Darius, the age of Za’Darius,
    Za’Darius



  5. BackdoorSlider.com
    7:46 pm August 20, 2013 Permalink

    They need to have him healthy going into the SEC schedule. If he has to miss the first couple to make sure he is ready to go against Louisville I say sit him down.



  6. Catlogic15
    7:57 pm August 20, 2013 Permalink

    Typical UK football curse.

    Our greatest new addition-high ankle sprain first week.

    Typical UK luck.



  7. theSkinny81
    8:00 pm August 20, 2013 Permalink

    4 – Win! Hilarious!



  8. Steve Spurrier
    8:57 pm August 20, 2013 Permalink

    I thought the same thing with Jadaveon.