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Nik Scalzo is Cleared to Return to Football



Incoming UK quarterback Nik Scalzo has been on the mend for quite a few months. As he enters his final weeks in Ft. Lauderdale, the gunslinger is ready to get loose in Lexington.

KSR has learned the future Wildcat has been cleared to return to football activities, just before newcomers are set to report for the summer term in June. As you can see, Scalzo is moving around like nothing ever happened.

Something did happen to his right knee less than six months ago.

In search of his school’s first ever state championship, Scalzo caught a pass out of the backfield on a trick-play. He took an awkward hit, felt a pop and immediately knew something was wrong significantly wrong with his knee. After sitting out for three series, he returned to lead his team to a go-ahead scoring drive that put Cardinal Gibbons in the Regional finals.

“I went back in and played through it,” Scalzo told the Florida Sun-Sentinel. “I had to do most of my stuff with just straight arm strength; I couldn’t use my feet at all. I dropped back like Jay Cutler. You know how he used to do his backpedal steps? I had to do that because I couldn’t cross over.

“But I stayed in the game. I’m glad I did.”

Since he tore the ACL in his right knee last November, future Wildcat Nik Ognenovic helped Cardinal Gibbons win the school’s first ever state championship. All the while, Scalzo has vigorously rehabbed his injured right knee, two-and-a-half hours a day, five days a week.

Scalzo is getting healthy at the right time. Kentucky will need the mobile quarterback prepared to compete this fall. Following Gunnar Hoak’s departure, the only players behind Terry Wilson on the depth chart are Scalzo, Walker Wood and incoming freshman Amani Gilmore.

While many ruled out his ability to compete this fall, it’s business as usual for Scalzo (without all of the backflips).


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

6 Comments for Nik Scalzo is Cleared to Return to Football

  1. DFCatfan
    4:27 am May 10, 2019 Permalink

    I’m a huge UK fan in all sports. Especially football. I have suffered thru 2-10 seasons. I’m going to flat out say it tho…..Nick Scalzo is not the answer to UKs passing woes. I’m not as excited as KSR is about this kid. Every receiver in the above video had to adjust there body or speed (many via stutter step) to catch the ball. In the SEC he will throw more picks than Terry TD. I hope I’m wrong but I dont think he is the answer at the end of the day. (And Armani Gilmore sure as shit isnt). Hopefully Bowden is everything as advertised plus some or its gonna be a 7/8 win season at best.

    • rartis1986
      8:42 am May 10, 2019 Permalink

      Its nice to know we got an all knowing recruiting expert on the comment section. UK should scoop you up before the rest of the nation finds out who you are??

    • notFromhere
      4:57 pm May 10, 2019 Permalink

      Rartis… right?! Gotta love the ‘woe is me’ of this post. The rest of us stayed positive through 2-10 seasons and have been rewarded for it.

      Scalzo IS absolutely one PART of the answer for UK. Not everybody is a cookie cutter, perfect QB on paper, but they can still win titles in college. Why dont people know this yet? Are they even watching football?

  2. abmorris27
    8:03 am May 10, 2019 Permalink

    Looks pretty damn good to me. Makes plays with his feet, finds guys downfield and puts the ball where only his guy can catch it. Give him some time to get on campus a mature a bit, and he’ll compete for time at QB. Kid is super confident and has the talent to back it up.

  3. lex cath
    2:12 pm May 10, 2019 Permalink

    Hopefully this kid will be the next Doug flutie because his measurables on the video makes him look like he’s in middle school