Knoxville, Tennessee has not been a healthy place to play this year. The Vols experienced attrition all year. For the first time this season, injury issues really hurt Kentucky.
Kentucky’s leading wide receiver and leading tackler missed most of Saturday’s game against Tennessee. Back spasms kept Jordan Jones out and Jeff Badet left the game after taking a hard hit to the hip.
Stoops is optimistic on their injury outlook. “I think there’s a good chance they could play this week,” he said today.
Hopefully, they don’t. Why rush it? He isn’t overlooking Austin Peay, but let’s be real, they don’t need these two players to win. Eli Brown, Kayaune Ross, Tavin Richardson and Blake Bone need the reps. There’s no reason to risk it by playing Badet or Jones.
In other injury news, Alex Montgomery is finished with football. The wide receiver has been plagued by knee injuries since he came to Kentucky. Last week he injured it again. They originally believed it would only require a slight cleanup; unfortunately it was another ACL tear.
After the latest injury, Montgomery decided it was time to hang up the cleats. He will remain on scholarship and could assume a role with the team as a student assistant.