In the fall, the Kentucky football team practices in the afternoon. That changes to the mornings in the spring, leaving the rest of the day uninterrupted for players to focus on academics. Stoops might change that moving forward.
The cold spring mornings often force the team into the Nutter Field House. Cramped quarters with a track that doesn’t give the football team a complete 100-yard field, today two players, Lynn Bowden and Kavosiey Smoke, could not finish practice because injuries on the indoor field turf.
“I had to move it outside. I had to get out of the indoor. I gotta rethink practicing in the spring in the morning,” Stoops said. “I just can’t get the work done in there.”
They aren’t the only ones on the injury report. Wide receiver Ahmad Wagner safety Tyrell Ajian have missed a few practices with lingering hamstring issues. Tight end Keaton Upshaw has been one of the most praised young playmakers throughout the first ten practices. In the middle of another exceptional scrimmage, Upshaw tweaked a hamstring last Friday. He hopes to return in time for the spring game, but his status remains up in the air as of today.
It’s frustrating for the redshirt freshman tight end who was sidelined with a meniscus tear in his first fall on campus. Even though he was limited, Upshaw learned quite a bit from C.J. Conrad.
“He gave me an opportunity to learn from him. He was a big impact, seeing what he does, being in the film room, it helped me a lot,” Upshaw told KSR. “It’s real frustrating dealing with all these injuries, but it happens for a reason,”
Once Upshaw gets a clean bill of health, he brings quite a bit to the table.
“I feel like we have some really have some upside there,” said Stoops. “Keaton is such a big target and he runs so well.”
The young tight end is close with his quarterback. Whenever he’s a potential target, Upshaw tells Terry Wilson, “Throw it up to me. I’ll go get it for you.”