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.”
— Jordan Wright (@JayyDubb15) October 21, 2018
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.