Can Kentucky beat Florida without Terry Wilson? That’s the question on the mind of every Kentucky fan this morning.
In case you’ve been offline all weekend, Wilson went down in the third quarter of Kentucky’s win over Eastern Michigan with a knee injury. It was clear when he was carted off the field that the prognosis wasn’t good; yesterday afternoon, we found out he suffered a torn patellar tendon in his left knee, ending his season.
“I’m very sorry about Terry’s injury,” Mark Stoops said in a press release from UK. “He has done so much for our program over the last two seasons, both in leadership and his production on the field. As a team captain, he will continue to be an important part of our team and we look forward to him returning to the field when he has recovered.”
Enter Sawyer Smith, the graduate transfer from Troy. With Terry out, Smith stepped in and completed five of nine passes for 76 yards and two touchdowns. His first pass attempt as a Wildcat was a 54-yard touchdown to Ahmad Wagner. His final pass of the night was a two-yard toss to Lynn Bowden in the end zone. So far, so good, but for Kentucky to beat Florida, Smith will to have to be great.
Adam Luckett and Nick Roush will have much more on Smith as the day and week goes on. Here’s what else is on tap today.
Mark Stoops speaks at noon
We’ll certainly hear more about how Kentucky will move on without Terry at Stoops’ weekly press conference. We’ll have a live stream on the site starting around 11:55 a.m., breaking news as it happens, and a full recap afterwards.
We’ll get a new depth chart
Obviously there will be some changes at the quarterback spot. After the game Saturday night, Stoops said redshirt sophomore Walker Wood will back up Smith. Check the site around 11 a.m. to see what other changes take place.
The Florida line is moving
Yesterday, Florida opened as an 11-point favorite, but the line has already moved to -8.5 in some places. Honestly, given the news about Terry, I’m surprised the line moved in that direction, but that’s just how skeptical some people are about the Gators, I guess.
We’ll find out the Mississippi State game time
Game times will be released for Week 4 today. Will it be an early, mid-afternoon, or late game in Starkville? Here’s the SEC slate:
|9/21 – TBD||Southern Miss||(2) Alabama|
|9/21 – TBD||(4) LSU||Vanderbilt|
|9/21 – TBD||(8) Auburn||(16) Texas A&M|
|9/21 – TBD||Tennessee||(9) Florida|
|9/21 – TBD||San Jose State||Arkansas|
|9/21 – TBD||Cal||Ole Miss|
|9/21 – TBD||Kentucky||Mississippi State|
|9/21 – TBD||South Carolina||Missouri|
|9/21 – 8:00 PM||(7) Notre Dame||(3) Georgia||CBS|
This feels like a 7:30 p.m. SEC Network game to me.
Come see the KSR Football Podcast at KSBar
To get you ready for the Florida game, the KSR Football Podcast will be broadcasting live from the stage at KSBar around 6 p.m. Come on out to enjoy the show, register for the chance to win tickets to Bourbon and Beyond, and hang out for tonight’s Monday Night Football doubleheader of the Texans vs. the Saints and the Broncos vs. the Raiders.
NFL Cats Week 1 Recap
Speaking of the NFL, here’s how your former Cats fared yesterday:
|Danny Trevathan||Chicago Bears||LB||10-3 L to Green Bay. 5 tackles, 4 solo||NBC|
|Za’Darius Smith||Green Bay Packers||DE||10-3 W vs. Chicago. 3 tackles (2 solo), 1 sack, 1 tackle for loss||NBC|
|Josh Allen||Jacksonville Jaguars||DE||40-26 L to Kansas City. 2 tackles (1 solo)||CBS|
|Avery Williamson (IR)||New York Jets||LB||DNP - IR||CBS|
|Wesley Woodyard||Tennessee Titans||LB||43-13 W vs. Cleveland. 2 tackles (2 solo)||CBS|
|Corey Peters||Arizona Cardinals||DT||27-27 tie vs. Detroit. 2 tackles (1 solo)||FOX|
|Randall Cobb||Dallas Cowboys||WR||35-17 W vs. NY Giants. 4 receptions for 69 yards, 1 TD||FOX|
|Chris Westry (IR)||Dallas Cowboys||CB||DNP - IR||FOX|
|George Asafo-Adjei||New York Giants||OT||35-17 L to Dallas||FOX|
|Mike Edwards||Tampa Bay Bucaneers||DB||31-17 L to San Francisco. 1 pass defended||FOX|
|Bud Dupree||Pittsburgh Steelers||DE||33-3 L to New England. 4 tackles (4 solo), 1 sack, 1 stuff (5 yards)||NBC|
|Benny Snell||Pittsburgh Steelers||RB||33-3 L to New England. No reps.||NBC|
|Lonnie Johnson||Houston Texans||CB||Monday, 7:10 PM at New Orleans Saints||ESPN|
|Larry Warford||New Orleans Saints||OG||Monday, 7:10 PM vs. Houston Texans||ESPN|
It’s still weird to see Randall Cobb in a Cowboys uniform, but his first touchdown was a beaut:
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) September 8, 2019
Did you see John Calipari’s comments about Micheal Avenatti’s claims?
Yesterday morning, Calipari hosted a group of local reporters for a preseason roundtable, including our own Drew Franklin. We can’t release all of his comments until this coming Sunday, but UK did allow us to share Cal’s remarks on Michael Avenatti’s Nike allegations, specifically Kenny Payne’s texts with Nike EYBL director Carlton DeBose. In short, Cal’s not worried about it and doesn’t have a lot of faith the NCAA will handle the allegations or the FBI’s findings fairly. Same.
KSR Dog of the Day
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— Eli Gehn (@EliGehnLEX18) September 8, 2019
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