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Darius West is Out for the Season

Bad news out of Fall Camp this morning: freshman safety Darius West injured his leg yesterday in practice and will be forced to sit out of the 2014 season.  Coach Stoops was disappointed, stating that the 4-star prospect from Ohio was, “everything we thought he was going to be.”  Specifics were not released, but Darius had been struggling to rehabilitate a leg injury from high school.

West was the 3rd-highest ranked player in the class behind Matt Elam and Drew Barker, with the potential to play early at a position in need.  West is now in the same boat as Mike Edwards, leaving Stoops with only two of the four safeties he signed in the 2014 class.


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

34 Comments for Darius West is Out for the Season

  1. J-Dub421
    9:10 am August 6, 2014 Permalink

    Well this sucks.

    • For real
      10:16 am August 6, 2014 Permalink

      I felt the same way when UK wouldn’t hire Petrino. It just erased at least 3 more wins the cats would have been capable of, regardless of the talent!

    • UKfan
      10:30 am August 6, 2014 Permalink

      Our little brother to the north hired him. I suggest you go cheer for them if you don’t like our team.

  2. UKatman4evermore
    9:15 am August 6, 2014 Permalink

    It seems that no matter how hard the coaches work, UK football is just destined to be jinxed. This is just another example of the continuous bad luck that has dogged this program for as long as I can remember….so sad but so true.

    • RUPPS_rhetoric
      9:41 am August 6, 2014 Permalink

      Relax, this is an incoming true freshman (albeit a talented one) who already had a pre-existing injury with his leg. He needs time to get healthy, rehab, and learn the system as a now, redshirt-freshman. I know what you’re saying, but a true-freshman having to redshirt due to injury is not the same “jinx” that I think you’re expressing. We have to, as a fanbase, not revert to our old ways with this new regime. We have a role to play as well in turning the tide in our perception of Kentucky Football.

    • Nick Roush
      10:09 am August 6, 2014 Permalink

      Thank you Rupps_rhetoric. Your rational thinking give me hope for the comment section.

    • Maybe, but
      11:15 am August 6, 2014 Permalink

      Rupps, I might agree with you if this injured Freshman wasn’t expected to play immediately at a position of extreme need that saw another predicted early contributor (Edwards) not make campus with a season-ending injury. 2nd and 3rd levels of the defense are gonna kill us again. No linebacker depth, no defensive backfield depth. Wait til next year again (should be UK FB slogan).

  3. F
    9:19 am August 6, 2014 Permalink


  4. misfortune
    9:25 am August 6, 2014 Permalink

    This is such a bummer. I’d say there has been concern since he broke it the second time (while still in HS). Darius was a “next level” type of player who UK hasn’t seen for a few years. Thinking optimistically, let’s hope he can fully recover this year and add some more depth to secondary next year.

    By depth I mean actual depth with quality players competing to get on the field, not just warm bodies that UK has considered “depth” in the past. STOOPS.

  5. Willy
    9:29 am August 6, 2014 Permalink

    So does this mean he will get a medical redshirt?

    • RUPPS_rhetoric
      9:44 am August 6, 2014 Permalink


  6. Stoops troops
    9:36 am August 6, 2014 Permalink

    Really!! Sucks to hear that, but FWIW he was not listed on the depth chart at either safety position in the UK football media guide (which was published & released) before yesterday. Will give him an extra year to lean D scheme and he will come back strong. Blessings to him!

  7. RUPPS_rhetoric
    9:37 am August 6, 2014 Permalink

    Bummed for the kid to hear it, but he’s a Freshmen, and good programs redshirt freshmen. I want to be as competitive as we can this year, but I still am not expecting much (in terms of wins). This is still very much a transition/rebuilding year. Most of our talent are freshmen and sophomores. We just need to get them here to learn and get experience. He’ll be okay, and now he has a redshirt year, and 4 years to take this program to the next level. Here’s to a healthy recovery. See you in 2015, when we should be ready to take that next step.

  8. Bad!
    9:41 am August 6, 2014 Permalink

    Well, what does Erik Korem have to say about this? Or is it the trainer’s fault? They should be able to handle these type of recurrent injuries better if they knew he was injured in high school.

    • RUPPS_rhetoric
      9:43 am August 6, 2014 Permalink

      Are you serious? It’s football, and a kid is injured. My guess is, he tried to give it a go this camp after his broken leg and he just wasn’t ready and probably tweaked something. They more-than-likely shut him down and they’re going to take this now redshirt freshman year to rehab and get healthy. So sick of all these negative people on here going nuts because a freshman has to sit out. Kids get hurt playing football. It happens, it’s no one’s fault.

  9. RICK
    9:41 am August 6, 2014 Permalink

    And now it starts.

  10. Joe Dennison
    9:53 am August 6, 2014 Permalink

    So sorry for you Darius. Rehab that leg and come back stronger than ever.

  11. catlogic15
    9:56 am August 6, 2014 Permalink

    This happens every year to UK…and it’s only the second day of practice.
    More to come if our luck repeats.

  12. UKfanNKY
    10:03 am August 6, 2014 Permalink

    DAMN what a shame! Hang in there Darius take care of yourself and get well you will come back even better and stronger…..The BBN is praying for ya…….GO CATS!!!

  13. Lol
    10:07 am August 6, 2014 Permalink

    Good. He is the A-hole who retweeted stuff Cance Bedfird sent him after his uk commitment. Suck it loser.

  14. Lol
    10:08 am August 6, 2014 Permalink

    Lance Bedford

  15. UKfan
    10:08 am August 6, 2014 Permalink

    I want to think that we will be ok at the safety position. We still have some pretty good players in Eric Dixon, Ashely Lowery, Zack Blaylock and Glenn Faulkner. Let the young guy medical redshirt, learn the system, and help us get better in the future.

    • UKfan
      10:29 am August 6, 2014 Permalink

      Forgot to mention A.J. Stamps and Marcus McWilson.

    • Big A
      10:30 am August 6, 2014 Permalink

      Hey, this is the comment section, you aren’t supposed to be rational. I feel bad for the kid, but of all spots on the defense, safety probably has the most existing depth. It’ll be okay.

  16. Crud! Oh well, that’s the way it is when you already don’t have SEC depth because of the Joker years. We really can’t afford ANY injuries as thin as we are, so this hurts. In a couple years a freshman injury won’t be as big a factor as it is now, but even then it would hurt to lose a 4 star (unless you’re Bama and you have like 75 of ’em on your roster).

  17. RUPPS_rhetoric
    10:12 am August 6, 2014 Permalink


    • RUPPS_rhetoric
      10:13 am August 6, 2014 Permalink

      And not your chirs gettlefinger… “LOL” is who I was referring to.

  18. UK Freshmen
    10:24 am August 6, 2014 Permalink

    Now he can focus on that degree that he wanted at UK.

    • UKfan
      10:35 am August 6, 2014 Permalink

      As opposed to you. FYI, I like my #3 without ketchup and mayo with a Coke to drink.

  19. willie t
    11:04 am August 6, 2014 Permalink

    lets just redshirt every freshman and build for the future…..3-4 wins this year means nothing anyway.

  20. DHo
    11:05 am August 6, 2014 Permalink

    This does suck. The only good thing about this is that a 2018 Darius West will be better than a 2014 Darius West.

  21. Mister Falcon
    12:09 pm August 6, 2014 Permalink

    I think it’s ridiculous that people get on here and forget that a human being suffered an injury, it wasn’t a mechanized robot breaking down on an assembly line. I wish him a speedy recovery.

  22. Tom Tom Cats fan
    1:49 pm August 6, 2014 Permalink

    If the secondary cant cover, and opposing teams can just unload the ball… boom, boom…. then it doesn’t matter how good our d line is. If Bud, Big Z, Hatcher don’t have time, they cant get to anyone. That a big question mark (along with linebackers???) on defense. Can the db’s cover long enough to allow our d line, which is going to be really good, to be disruptive in the other team’s backfield.

  23. ukgtee
    11:58 pm August 6, 2014 Permalink

    Look for a running back to be moved soon. With the depth we have there it is time to shuffle the deck and get some talent back on defense quick!