Two days after Kentucky’s victory over Arkansas, Mark Stoops shared a few injury updates. Sawyer Smith has received all the shine as of late, so let’s start with Landon Young.
Kentucky’s starting left tackle was slow to get up after Lynn Bowden was sacked late in the fourth quarter. Like almost every ankle injury, the Wildcats must play the “wait and see” game.
“I hope it’s nothing major. We’ll see,” Stoops said. “Sometimes with a big man like that, (you’re) unsure of how he’ll respond. We’ll get him out there and see how it goes, how much he can deal with it.”
Last year Quinton Bohanna was the big guy with the nagging ankle injury. He could not contribute for about a month. If Young cannot go, Naasir Watkins will be Kentucky’s left tackle.
“He played good as well. Really felt like Naasir stepped up and played much more like we expected him to,” said Stoops.
As for Sawyer Smith, the coaches were happy to give him another week of rest. Early reports from team doctors were positive.
“He’s better. Getting the update this morning in our staff meeting that he was further along again, obviously, by not playing. It was important for us to get the victory to get him some more rest so he can continue to get some strength. I think he’s much further along. They threw out a percentage this morning, but it was significantly better.”