Mark Stoops expects a clean slate of health when the Kentucky football team enters preseason camp in just a few weeks.
Kentucky had to end the 2017 season without All-SEC tight end, C.J. Conrad, who broke his foot in the penultimate game of the year at Georgia. Entering his final season at UK, Conrad has undergone four surgeries in four years; a sports hernia, a foot and a procedure on each shoulder.
“I’m 100 percent right now,” Conrad said. “I would just call it bad luck, to be honest. I’ve really taken care of my body these last six months and I don’t think that’s going to happen again. I’m not concerned at all. I’m ready to go.”
Kentucky had to rely on walk-on tight end Will Roden this spring because Conrad’s back-up, Justin Rigg, suffered a spleen injury. It was Rigg’s second internal injury since he arrived on Kentucky’s campus in 2016. Stoops said there is no cause for concern moving forward and Rigg will return in time for camp.
Another position that struggled with depth in the spring was the Will linebacker. Jordan Jones suffered a shoulder injury and his back-up, redshirt freshman Jamin Davis, injured his knee. Jones is not yet 100 percent, but like Davis, he should be back in time for the start of camp in August.