Kentucky beat Mississippi State by 22 and No. 22 made his return home from the hospital all in the same weekend.
Following the Wildcats 24-2 victory against the Bulldogs, head coach Mark Stoops posted a picture on Sunday of himself, Oats, associate head coach Vince Marrow, and linebackers coach Jon Sumrall.
So overjoyed @Christopheroats got to return home this weekend.
— Mark Stoops (@UKCoachStoops) October 11, 2020
Of the things we love to see, this is most definitely one of them.
Oats had been hospitalized since May with a serious medical condition and finally returned home this weekend. The Oats’ family has organized a GoFundMe that has already crossed the $28,000 mark. Fellow linebacker Jamin Davis donned the No. 22 jersey against MSU, continuing the weekly tradition of a different Wildcat player wearing Oats’ jersey number.
[UPDATE: An earlier version of this article stated that Chris Oats returned to Lexington, however, he returned to his home in Ohio.]