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Mark Stoops says Josh Paschal is “very, very close”

How about some good news on this beautiful Monday evening?

On his weekly call-in radio show, Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops announced Josh Paschal is back out on the practice field with his teammates, and an official return may be coming soon.

“Josh is coming along very good,” he said. “He was out there a bit last week doing some things, and he was out there today doing some things. He’s getting very, very close…

This comes just over a week after pass-rushing teammate Jordan Wright tweeted a picture of Paschal with the caption “the wait is almost over.”

At UK Football Media Day this summer, Stoops announced Paschal had been diagnosed with malignant melanoma, and he would be out indefinitely. He was choked up and visibly hurt from the news, as was the entire Big Blue Nation. Not only was Paschal’s season seemingly in jeopardy, we had to worry about the slight chance the cancer would derail his entire life.

Two weeks ago on his radio show, however, Stoops said he was “encouraged” by Paschal’s recovery, hoping to receive a “good update” in the next couple of weeks.

“Josh is doing good. He’s doing very, very good,” Stoops said. “We’re very encouraged by Josh, his recovery and what he’s doing. So maybe I’ll have a nice smile on my face and good update here in the next couple of weeks. We’ll see, but he’s getting better.”

Stoops then went as far as to say Paschal is doing some light running and working on his body weight.

“The procedure that was done to his foot is healing,” he said. “And that’s what he’s dealing with right now. But he is doing some light running. He is progressing with some body weight stuff right now.”

It’s been a couple weeks, and by the looks of things, that good news came.

We don’t know when we’ll actually see Paschal back on the field, but seeing the dominant pass-rusher in on third downs against the Georgia Bulldogs would be pretty darn special…

Regardless, this news should make every member of the Big Blue Nation happy.



Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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22 Comments for Mark Stoops says Josh Paschal is “very, very close”

  1. USMC5150
    7:28 pm October 29, 2018 Permalink

    That’s amazing!!!

  2. nadroj
    7:37 pm October 29, 2018 Permalink

    Very happy for Josh!

    I imagine he won’t be much of a real help against UGA though. Hard to imagine that he’ll be in good enough shape and able to shake off the rust that quickly.

  3. Cokely53
    7:38 pm October 29, 2018 Permalink

    What an incredible story that would be if he came back this week and had the game winning sack. I can already see the movie being made. Either way good luck josh! Can’t wait to have you back!!!

  4. cats646
    7:40 pm October 29, 2018 Permalink

    I’m sooooooo happy to hear this!! BBN is waiting on you #4!! Get out there and get yours!!!!

  5. Irish son
    7:46 pm October 29, 2018 Permalink

    My lovely wife has the same thing. And no matter how you are doing, it’s always in the back of your mind

    • RealCatsFan
      10:12 pm October 29, 2018 Permalink

      Prayers going up for you and your wife. My wife was diagnosed with agressive cancer while she was pregnant with our second child. Things were very scary for a while, but the Lord had mercy on it, and we are now 14 years out with no recurrence and a beautiful daughter. But for the first 5 years we lived our lives 6 months at a time. Best wishes to you guys.

  6. katmandue2you
    7:47 pm October 29, 2018 Permalink

    Living that wildcat life and life is good! Blessed to see Josh and Coach Shlarman seemingly doing great!

  7. michaelb
    7:58 pm October 29, 2018 Permalink

    Look here’s what’s gonna happen , he will play this year . Even if it’s for just one snap . There’s really no way that he won’t . Think about the story it makes . It’s really cool that he can overcome . So yea guys it’s going down at some point so be ready .

  8. Shidler8684
    7:58 pm October 29, 2018 Permalink


  9. beauleonard
    8:09 pm October 29, 2018 Permalink

    Obviously as a fan, I want to see Josh back on the field as soon as possible. I get getty thinking about the possibility and dynamic of having another athlete of Josh’s caliber out there to bolster that defense. I just hope he trusts his body and doesn’t push himself to return until he is truly ready to do so. First and foremost, his personal well being is priority. Glad to hear he is recovering well.

  10. BluKudzu
    8:59 pm October 29, 2018 Permalink

    Way to go! Magic year for the Wildcats, JP is no different. This is his team.
    Glad to see the great news.
    He will be fine when he returns.
    See ball, get ball.
    Go Cats and Go J P!!!!!!!

  11. mashburnfan1
    9:18 pm October 29, 2018 Permalink

    The crowd will already be crazy this Saturday but you want that extra emotion and belief. Have JP dresses and run on the field with the rest of the team. Announce it, show him holding the flag next to Stoops, what a moment to start this game. Even if he can’t play, or just a snap or 2 late, what a WOW moment it would be.

    • mashburnfan1
      9:18 pm October 29, 2018 Permalink

      dressed for the game

    • fireants25
      9:45 pm October 29, 2018 Permalink

      That would be bad ass and unreal

    • SuperTroy18
      10:02 pm October 29, 2018 Permalink

      And make him a Captain to walk out there with his teammates for coin flip! Announced LAST, of course. Crowd. Would. Go. Crazy.

    • michaelb
      10:04 pm October 29, 2018 Permalink

      Yea that would be good

  12. notFromhere
    10:00 pm October 29, 2018 Permalink

    This is the best news of the day! I want to see Paschal carry the flag onto the field for the game Saturday

  13. ClutchCargo
    10:05 pm October 29, 2018 Permalink

    Game captain for this Saturday, anyone? Now THAT would be amazing, even if he doesn’t actually play this week!

  14. Alleykat16
    7:56 am October 30, 2018 Permalink

    This is good to hear. This story along with coach schlarman is stories I tried to pay close attention to because my sister has been battling cancer herself. What Coach Schlarman has done has been an inspiration to her. What he has been able to do and go through those treatment. Now Josh coming back after his fight is great. To me if he don’t play a single down just being able to get back to practice is so remarkable. Prayers from me to them and their families. GO BIG BLUE!

    • foamfinger
      12:38 pm October 30, 2018 Permalink

      I hope your sister wins her fight and can get back to the monotonous things that we take for granted everyday.

  15. UKfanman01
    11:01 am October 30, 2018 Permalink

    C’mon big fella! Cant wait to see ya back on the field

  16. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    3:27 pm November 1, 2018 Permalink

    The way he played as a freshman tells me even rusty he could provide a boost to our pass rush at DE. It would also allow him to shake off enough cobwebs that if we do make it to catlanta he would be more up to speed. Not to mention bowl/playoff games. I say play against UGA and if we lose play out the season and the bowl game. If we win then play in thr SECC game and any games after that.