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Stoops Provides Cloudy Injury Forecast and Announces Addition of Torrance Davis



Kentucky’s football team begins practice with a few players who are still recovering from injury and a late addition from Cleveland.

Torrance Davis committed to Kentucky at a summer camp last June. After not signing in December or February, few speculated that Davis would still become a Wildcat. Today Mark Stoops announced the former three-star running back will be on the roster… as a linebacker.

“Torrance Davis is a late addition for our class,” Stoops said. “As most of you know, Torrance was a two-way player. He could play linebacker or running back. With our need at inside linebacker Torrance has agreed to start inside, so we’re happy to add Torrance to our roster out of Cleveland, a very versatile player with a lot of playmaking ability.”

Davis will be needed in Chris Oats‘ absence. The former four-star recruit and rising junior suffered a medical emergency this spring. Not expected to play this fall, Stoops was happy to share a positive update on Oats’ status.

“Chris is doing better. He definitely has a long road to recovery. He has moved to a rehab facility. That’s all I really want to touch on out of respect to Chris and his family. We are certainly always praying for Chris, the whole team. We want to recognize and honor him at some point. But he’s certainly battling and getting better.”

Staying on the defensive side, Abule Abadi-Fitzgerald is still recovering from an injury sustained this spring and not quite 100 percent. On the other side of the line of scrimmage, Stoops will take extreme caution as quarterback Nik Scalzo continues rehabilitating his right knee.

“Nik’s not totally 100 percent cleared yet. With Nik, I want to be smart and overly cautious with him,” said Stoops. “We have some depth at the quarterback position this year. He’s coming off two knee surgeries in back-to-back years. I want to really give him the opportunity to heal up. He’s so anxious and ready to get out there.”

Stoops’ injury forecast was cloudy when directed to Isaiah Epps. Projected to be a valuable deep-threat at wide receiver in 2019, the Oklahoma native broke his foot during training camp. Expected to miss approximately six weeks, that turned into an entire season, one he was able to redshirt. Now almost a year later, Stoops says Epps still is not 100 percent ready to return to the gridiron.

“Isaiah is getting better. He’s had some issues. It’s been a problem — there’s no denying that — with the foot. We feel like we’re on the right track. He’s certainly getting better, healing up properly and really excited to see him get back out there. I know he is as well.”

If Epps is unable to compete for the starting Z-wide receiver position, Louisville Butler product Tae Tae Crumes is a candidate to clock early snaps, along with Bryce Oliver, a redshirt sophomore who caught six passes for 111 yards and a touchdown in 2019.

Article written by Nick Roush

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

8 Comments for Stoops Provides Cloudy Injury Forecast and Announces Addition of Torrance Davis

  1. PensacolaCat
    1:55 pm August 18, 2020 Permalink

    Disappointed to hear that about Epps.

  2. BigBluSoTru
    2:21 pm August 18, 2020 Permalink

    Man thats awesome Torrance moving to LB he is going to be a beast at that position. Stoops has all the pieces now to get to Atlanta and win it. This is the year BBN are you guys ready?

  3. mashburnfan1
    2:27 pm August 18, 2020 Permalink

    Glad to get an update on Duece Duece. Love that guy and really wishing him and his family well.

  4. michaelb
    3:51 pm August 18, 2020 Permalink

    So it’s still a secret about oats ? Jeez what is this , the 3rd grade? Secret secrets

    • Bluenblood
      4:11 pm August 18, 2020 Permalink

      Not third grade, but your comment is. Hope these young men can heal and play again soon

    • KyZoneBlitz
      8:57 pm August 18, 2020 Permalink

      Jamin Davis will play well in Oats absence but been praying for Oats and his family. Some people take privacy serious, no big deal. Im sure if Stoops could comment he would. And for once I agree with bigblu, Torrance Davis will be a beast at LB, but i think his true talents are at RB. Its just a crowded room right now and we are thin at LB. But we do have the pieces to make a run at the east title. As long as everyone can stay healthy and we play smart. I agree with Cole Cubelic. 7-3/8-2 type of season is definitely doable IMO.

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      10:05 am August 19, 2020 Permalink

      michael, there’s this law referred to as HIPAA. Oats and his family can reveal what he has if they wish, but others can’t. I think it’s different when it’s an injury incurred in a game or practice.

    • satcheluk
      10:51 am August 19, 2020 Permalink

      Michaels-who is your doctor? I was think I would give them a call and get the low down. I’m sure you don’t have any secrets.