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.