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Kentucky QB commit Nik Scalzo tears ACL, re-enters game to clinch victory



Unfortunate news for the Big Blue Nation on this Wednesday afternoon.

2019 Kentucky commit Nik Scalzo announced on Twitter that he tore his ACL this past Friday, ending his high school football career.

The injury happened when the three-star prospect caught a pass out of the backfield on a trick play. Scalzo says he knew right away it was serious.

“My knee buckled,” Scalzo said in an interview with the Sun-Sentinel after the game. “I knew right when it happened because you know the pop? I felt the pop.”

Even with the injury, the future Wildcat re-entered the game just one offensive possession later and led his team down the field on a game-clinching touchdown drive.

“I went back in and played through it,” Scalzo said. “I had to do most of my stuff with just straight arm strength; I couldn’t use my feet at all. … (My coach) was calling the backup in, and I was like, ‘I’m sorry. I’m not coming off the field.’”

Scalzo also reaffirmed his commitment to Kentucky, saying he’ll be ready to roll as a Wildcat stronger than ever next season.

“They’re all with it,” Scalzo said. “They know that usually when you tear your ACL, the therapy after makes your leg strong and you become a little faster, actually. … I’ll be ready for when I go up to Kentucky.”

Kid is a warrior.

Best of luck to Scalzo during the recovery process, and the KSR family wishes him a speedy return to the field.



Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

10 Comments for Kentucky QB commit Nik Scalzo tears ACL, re-enters game to clinch victory

  1. mashburnfan1
    2:07 pm November 21, 2018 Permalink

    Wish you the best while you recover. Can’t wait to see you as a C-A-T. Really is a shame you will miss the State Semis and you probably would have gotten them to the title. Hope the team can rally for you and win it all.

  2. Papaw
    2:17 pm November 21, 2018 Permalink

    What a tough kid. Wilson could learn from this but will he?

    • Bobbum Man
      4:23 pm November 21, 2018 Permalink


    • ready4nineNOW
      5:58 pm November 21, 2018 Permalink

      Right. Has he come out for even a play due to injury.

  3. tdub
    2:18 pm November 21, 2018 Permalink

    Good luck in the rehab. Looking forward to seeing him as a Cat. Saw him on film. He’s a winner.

  4. Realme
    2:23 pm November 21, 2018 Permalink

    Great attitude, kid. Get well soon.

  5. cats646
    2:54 pm November 21, 2018 Permalink

    Good luck, what a tough young man!

  6. michaelb
    3:01 pm November 21, 2018 Permalink

    Man I hate what read but liked his mindset , pretty remarkable

  7. jsuge20
    8:28 pm November 21, 2018 Permalink

    So he tore his ACL and came back in? This kid has the heart of a lion and the guts of a… well i dont know what, but I do know I love having a player like that. Best wishes for a healthy recovery, hope he comes back stronger than ever.

  8. notFromhere
    1:10 am November 23, 2018 Permalink

    Kid is a warrior. Can’t wait for this guy to suit up for the Cats