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UK Left Tackle Cole Mosier will Miss the 2017 Football Season

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Cole Mosier will miss the 2017 UK football season after the left tackle suffered a torn ACL in his right knee during the Cats’ first preseason scrimmage.  The injury will end his senior season and his career; UK announced in a press release he is not eligible for a sixth season.

“We’re extremely disappointed about Cole’s injury,” Coach Mark Stoops said. “He has been with us all five seasons we’ve been at Kentucky. He helped set the example of hard work that is the theme of this program, as he came in as a walk-on and earned a scholarship. We know Cole will continue to support his teammates this season and we wish him the best in his recovery and in the future.”

A former walk-on from Walton, Ky., Mosier earned a scholarship after becoming the No. 1 left tackle as a redshirt freshman.  Last season he started in ten of UK’s 13 games, sidelined for three after a minor injury at Florida.

“Tearing my ACL was a big blow and it’s unfortunate because I wanted to finish my career here at UK with my teammates,” Mosier said in a statement. “However, I’m going to have surgery on Thursday and I plan to rehab my knee in order to participate in UK’s Pro Day in March. I want to thank Coach Stoops and Coach Schlarman for everything they’ve done for me. I also want to thank the Big Blue Nation for their support. Coming here as a walk-on and then earning a scholarship was a dream come true. I’m going to continue being around the team to cheer them on and help the team as much as I can.”

In Mosier’s absence Stephen Johnson will rely on sophomore Landon Young to protect his blind side.  The former five-star recruit from Lexington played regularly in John Schlarman’s 2016 offensive line rotation and registered 27 knock-down blocks as a true freshman.

There have been a few players “banged up” here and there, but it’s the first major injury of preseason camp.  Mosier’s injury marks the second consecutive year an injury in the Cats’ first preseason scrimmage has caused a player to miss the entire season.  In 2016 safety Darius West’s season ended early with a similar knee injury.

Article written by Nick Roush

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19 Comments for UK Left Tackle Cole Mosier will Miss the 2017 Football Season

  1. J-Dub421
    3:45 pm August 14, 2017 Permalink

    Well this just sucks.

  2. UK Indy
    3:45 pm August 14, 2017 Permalink


  3. Sentient Third Eye
    3:48 pm August 14, 2017 Permalink

    That’s the kind of news that casts a shadow over an otherwise beautiful day. What a shame.

  4. UKBob
    3:49 pm August 14, 2017 Permalink

    Like seeing walkons make it. Was looking forward to his final season.

  5. maximumscott
    3:55 pm August 14, 2017 Permalink

    Damn. How much does this hurt us?

    • kkennedy1985
      4:00 pm August 14, 2017 Permalink

      We are fairly deep on the OL, but that doesn’t mean that this injury doesn’t hurt. OL depth is key in the SEC and he was a starter for a reason. His verteren leadership will surely be missed too. Maybe the other guys will step right up and #Win4Cole. Next man up Landon Young… possibly?

    • az1006
      4:04 pm August 14, 2017 Permalink

      I’d argue the offensive line is where depth is the most important, and this is certainly a big blow. We have decent depth there, and have some young talented guys that can step in, but again..He’s a 5th-year guy that has been through some battles. His experience is invaluable, and will be far more difficult to replace than his physical tools, and that’s not taking anything away from him as a player.

      If there’s a silver lining, it’s that this happened with some time to spare before the season starts. I think Landon Young will step right in and fill the void, but it does hurt our depth. Best of luck to Mosier

    • maximumscott
      4:49 pm August 14, 2017 Permalink

      Do we think a redshirt comes off some of the inpressive FR?

    • ClutchCargo
      4:45 pm August 14, 2017 Permalink

      My thoughts, exactly, az1006.

    • ClutchCargo
      4:48 pm August 14, 2017 Permalink

      I would only add that I am glad to hear that there is a lot of flexibility in where the remaining OL are able to line up.

    • maximumscott
      5:05 pm August 14, 2017 Permalink

      What worries me a bit more is SJ boot. It is encouraging to know that injuries like these are what Stoops has built the roster to prepare for. A few years ago this would have had devastating effects. Not anymore. We are a real football team now!

  6. kkennedy1985
    3:56 pm August 14, 2017 Permalink


  7. secrick
    4:26 pm August 14, 2017 Permalink

    Every year, i know this happens at all schools but what a shame for such a good kid.

  8. runningunnin.454
    4:38 pm August 14, 2017 Permalink

    $hit, first no show thread, then Bagley may go to Duke, now this…
    If I weren’t at work, I would go back to bed.

  9. Well crud. Good luck Cole. Sorry about that, man.

    What does this do to the center position? Anything? Most seem to think that’s going to be Stallings or Jackson, but could one or both of them rotate with Landon also?

  10. ArmyCatFan
    6:54 pm August 14, 2017 Permalink

    This shouldn’t affect the overall depth too badly. Could give Tate Leavitt a chance to shine some. Landon Young will fill in with Leavitt coming in to give a breather from time to time. Worst part is we lose his work ethic in the group.

  11. Brian in Franklin
    7:12 pm August 14, 2017 Permalink

    Medical Red-shirts and the Five-Year Clock

    Athletes must keep in mind both the five-year clock and their four seasons of competition. Even if an athlete gets a medical hardship waiver, he or she needs to have time left on their five-year clock (10-semester/15-quarter clock in Divisions II and III) to use that season.

    This is problematic for athletes took a normal redshirt season or sat out due to a transfer. An athlete can generally not use a medical redshirt in those cases unless they get a clock extension or sixth year waiver. To do that the athlete show they lost two seasons outside of his or her control. The medical redshirt would be one, but the athlete would still need to show another.

    Finally, remember that getting the waiver is not the only consideration. The most important thing for an athlete is to get healthy and back out on the field again. Just because you might not qualify for a waiver is not an excuse to go back out there when you should not and risk losing the next season or your career.For that season, it is important that if an athlete redshirts or sits out after a transfer and it is at all possible that year might be used toward a sixth year, the athlete should document what happens during that year thoroughly. Make sure paperwork from injuries is in order, and keep up with rehab and doctors’ appointments. Any other hardship, like family financial difficulties, should be documented.