Kentucky’s most experienced playmaker in the secondary will miss the entire 2019 football season.
UK announced Davonte Robinson suffered a season-ending right quadriceps muscle injury during summer training on Tuesday that will require surgery.
Following a mass exodus in the secondary, Robinson was expected to be Kentucky’s leader in the defensive backs’ room. The most experienced player in the young group, last season Robinson recorded 42 tackles, 3 for loss, four PBUs and two fumble recoveries, one of which he returned for a touchdown as time expired against Florida. The Lexington native was a four-star recruit for Henry Clay High School when he picked Kentucky over Notre Dame in 2016.
Of all the players to suffer a season-ending injury, few are more difficult to replace than Robinson. Expected to be the leader that could erase mistakes made by inexperienced players, Robinson was prepared to step into a Mike Edwards-esque role.
Mark Stoops’ difficult task to find a completely new secondary just got exponentially more difficult.