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Kentucky football returns key standout following false positive during COVID-19 testing

Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

The Kentucky football team missed one of its key players during Saturday’s blowout loss at Alabama due to a false positive COVID-19 test, the UK head coach confirmed during his call-in radio show Monday evening.

According to Mark Stoops, one of Kentucky’s top players practiced all week long last week, but was told Friday before getting on the plane to Tuscaloosa that he had returned a positive test. As a result, he was forced to miss the game.

“It was difficult last week. We may get one back that was a false positive, which completely sucks that we didn’t have him with us. At least we’ll have him back for this one,” Stoops said. “You practice him all week, he’s a key player, and then Friday we’re getting on the plane and it’s supposedly a positive, but now it’s not. It’s crazy.”

Leading up to kickoff Saturday afternoon, UK announced a list of ten absences due to “various reasons,” headlined by star running back Chris Rodriguez, linebacker Jamin Davis and punter Max Duffy.

The provided list was a mix of COVID-19 cases and injuries:

  • Running Back Chris Rodriguez
  • Linebacker Jamin Davis
  • Linebacker D’Eryk Jackson
  • Linebacker Torrance Davis
  • Tight End Justin Rigg
  • Tight End Brendan Bates
  • Punter Max Duffy
  • Offensive Guard Luke Fortner
  • Defensive Back Taj Dodson
  • Cornerback Jamari Brown

Despite missing ten scholarship players against the No. 1 team in college football, Stoops said the idea of postponing the game never crossed his mine.

That doesn’t make the 63-3 “ass kicking” any easier.

“We’re down a bunch of guys, but again, nobody gives a crap. It is what it is,” the UK head coach said. “They’re going to look at the score and that’s the bottom line. It didn’t enter my mind. I’m not going to go into the protocol, “Let’s shut it down, let’s shut down our building.” That’s not what I’m about.

“Going down there and taking an ass kicking is not exactly a lot of fun either. These are the circumstances we’re in. It’s a tough situation.”

Looking at the updated depth chart released on Monday, Luke Fortner, Brenden Bates, Max Duffy, Jamin Davis and Taj Dodson all returned to the two-deep rotation, meaning they are all expected to return when Kentucky heads to Gainesville, FL to take on the Gators on Saturday.

Chris Rodriguez, D’Eryk Jackson, Torrance Davis, Justin Rigg and Jamari Brown weren’t included and their statuses remain unclear for this weekend.

With Stoops confirming the false positive Monday evening – he didn’t address it at the time of his press conference earlier in the day – it could mean the updated tests results came back leading up to the call-in show and could include one of the aforementioned missing players on the depth chart.

Either way, we should learn more throughout the week who the Wildcats will have available when they take the field at Florida.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

17 Comments for Kentucky football returns key standout following false positive during COVID-19 testing

  1. Dave C
    11:51 am November 24, 2020 Permalink

    It doesn’t negate the poor performance in pretty much every aspect of the game….but it dang sure didn’t help.

  2. Shredder
    12:08 pm November 24, 2020 Permalink

    I wish this team were only 1 or 2 players away from competing near the top in the SEC. Unfortunately, not even Bo Jackson in his prime could have made that a close game.

    • Cletis75
      1:13 pm November 24, 2020 Permalink

      I never saw that suggested in the article that we were 1 or 2 people short of competing. What I would like to see, is any team missing 10 of their 1st and 2nd string players compete with Alabama. They have more 5 star talent on their bench than we have had at UK football in our history.

  3. millertim
    1:43 pm November 24, 2020 Permalink

    This is the maddening assinine insanity of COVID— there’s NO reliable metric or measure of its presence— especially in asymptomatic cases!! With a fatality rate of 1% it amazes me that national leaders still peddle its deadly myth. Just a way for government to introduce socialism into our lives as a means of control. This disease has already served its primary purpose— remove Trump from office.

    • Bluehender
      2:13 pm November 24, 2020 Permalink

      What a crock of crap…

    • mashman 93
      2:37 pm November 24, 2020 Permalink

      Some of the other stuff you said I don’t know about, but a fatality of 1% if that’s true doesn’t make this a pandemic.

    • Bluenblood
      4:43 pm November 24, 2020 Permalink

      Crawl back in your mom’s basement and leave us alone

    • 4everUKBlue
      4:58 pm November 24, 2020 Permalink

      People hate the truth. When the CDC quietly updated their numbers it revealed only 10,000 covid deaths without underlying health issues, I would bet it’s even lower than that. There is no covid pandemic, the numbers only support it if you do as they have done and count deaths not caused by covid. I don’t usually agree with millertim, but in this case I totally agree with him, it is being to normalize what will be the new world order. Look how easy it was to get the majority of people to obey and wear masks. The flu has killed way more people than this BS. Did we wear masks, social distance and stay home? NO! Anyone buying the covid BS has been had.

    • Bluehender
      8:05 pm November 24, 2020 Permalink

      I don’t believe there’s any truth in the statement that this disease “served it’s primary purpose” in removing Trump from office. He didn’t need any help in insuring he was a one term president. He did a pretty good job all by himself. If you believe covid is why he didn’t win a second term, you probably believe that if he had a vaccine before election day he would have won. I don’t..

    • 4everUKBlue
      5:04 pm November 24, 2020 Permalink

      This documentary has been censored. Freedom of speech is guaranteed by the 1st amendment. Why are they censoring anything that goes against the official covid narrative? What are they hiding? They are hiding this!

  4. Tej
    4:42 pm November 24, 2020 Permalink

    The mortality rate in Kentucky fell to 1.6% in October from 4.5% in May according to Dr. Stack. Of course, the rate varies with age, location, etc.
    The worldwide spread of the new disease fits the definition of “pandemic”.

  5. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    6:43 pm November 24, 2020 Permalink

    Side note: those mesh masks creep me out. It looks like a mask in a horror movie when I see an angle like the one above that seems to magnify the nostrils.

    • blueblood80
      7:58 pm November 24, 2020 Permalink

      So I read this twice Jack – who was the false positive? Guess Stoopid is keeping it a secret……

  6. jaws2
    7:35 pm November 24, 2020 Permalink

    Stoops must be wearing one of those over his eyes! He can’t obviously see Wilson is not a good SEC QB, that Rodriguez should have started EVERY game, and that his offensive philosophy is awful.
    As far as Covid goes it’s obvious the tests are inconclusive. Weather or not wearing a mask works at all is inconclusive. Deaths are far exaggerated and the panic over what the Chinese wrought the world are shoved to the side by the media. It’s ALLLLL orange mans fault. BS on all of this. Now we’re encouraging American citizens to call the authorities on their neighbors. This my friends is right out of the NAZI Germany playbook. Where the hell are we headed as a nation?