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Stoops optimistic Johnson and MacGinnis will play

Mark Stoops made a brief appearance on the SEC Coaches Teleconference today for one last update before tomorrow’s Thursday evening contest with Auburn.

The most newsworthy thing he had to say to the call listeners is he is optimistic C.J. Johnson and Austin MacGinnis will be able to play.

Kentucky desperately needs both players to be available, especially in this matchup. Johnson, who leads the entire league in tackles by a defensive lineman, will be crucial in containing Auburn’s rushing attack in UK’s two-defensive tackle front.

MacGinnis is key, not only for field goals, but to force the Auburn kickoff return unit into touchbacks. The Tigers rank fourth in the country in the return game with over 30 yards per return.

Stoops isn’t so optimistic about linebacker Jordan Jones’ status.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

12 Comments for Stoops optimistic Johnson and MacGinnis will play



  1. UKBoo
    1:35 pm October 14, 2015 Permalink


  2. Vol Nation
    1:48 pm October 14, 2015 Permalink

    UK will need both to have a chance tomorrow night, still I got the tigers winning by 10. UK getting close but not there yet



    • CatsBy80
      1:59 pm October 14, 2015 Permalink

      I think the game will be close, but I’d like to know what exactly Auburn has done to give you faith in them to win by 10. I’m not trying to be combative, I’d genuinely like to know…



    • john wall
      2:19 pm October 14, 2015 Permalink

      Who asked a vol fan?



  3. Definitely not John Stamos
    1:49 pm October 14, 2015 Permalink

    I hope Miles Butler has been putting in work, he needs to play much better than he did against the Colonels.



  4. Jersey
    2:14 pm October 14, 2015 Permalink

    I’ve just been thinking about jersey combos and have one question and one remark.
    1) Do we own any matte black helmets? I’d love to see those.
    2) I would LOVE if we wore all blue pants and jerseys with matte black helmets. Does anyone else think that would look really sharp?



    • Dude
      2:18 pm October 14, 2015 Permalink

      Totally with ya. That would look pretty badass.



    • theWilkman
      2:25 pm October 14, 2015 Permalink

      That would look good. I love the matte look. Matte blue helmets would be a good look as well.



    • MATTE?
      2:32 pm October 14, 2015 Permalink

      Matte’s a$$, wear burlap and kick ass!!



    • CatsBy80
      2:32 pm October 14, 2015 Permalink

      i’ve seen images of matte black helmets out there… my guess all along is that uk is going to go all black against tennessee on halloween night… black jerseys, black pants, black helmets. we’ll see if that comes to fruition.



    • Jersey
      3:28 pm October 14, 2015 Permalink

      Would love that all black look CatsBy90