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Wildcats will honor Chris Oats by wearing No. 22 jersey

Kentucky fans expected to see No. 22 making plays from the middle linebacker position in 2020. A tragic, unexpected medical condition has sidelined Cincinnati native Chris Oats for the season. To pay tribute to their friend and teammate, the Wildcats will make sure No. 22 in Kentucky blue is still making plays on Saturdays.

Each week one player will salute Oats by wearing his jersey. The first person to put on No. 22 is the linebacker who was expected to make plays at his side this season, DeAndre Square.


Once Square puts on No. 5 in week two against Ole Miss, it will be his fourth number at UK. As a freshman the Michigan native wore No. 43, followed by No. 17 in 2019.

The No. 22 will be passed to Oats’s former roommate, tight end Keaton Upshaw, the following week. Oats is currently recovering from his undisclosed medical emergency in a rehabilitation center.

Article written by Nick Roush

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

6 Comments for Wildcats will honor Chris Oats by wearing No. 22 jersey

  1. dhard
    1:11 pm September 21, 2020 Permalink

    Oats will be missed, but we have good guys to fill his slot. Has anyone heard what the medical condition was? I know Hipaa rules prohibit, but thought someone might know.

    • ClutchCargo
      2:26 pm September 21, 2020 Permalink

      I don’t think HIPAA applies to schools talking about injuries or illnesses to athletes. They talk about other injuries and illnesses all the time. Stoops is just respecting the family’s request for privacy, and we should all do the same.

  2. tdub
    2:00 pm September 21, 2020 Permalink

    Get well soon Chris. Our prayers are with you.

  3. clarks
    2:12 pm September 21, 2020 Permalink

    Really wish they could tell us. Prayers for christ and hope he gets 100% recovered for life and football second

  4. Bereacat
    3:48 pm September 21, 2020 Permalink

    I assumed everyone knew what was wrong with him by know. If you don’t go to wildcat lair forum and read on it

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      11:17 pm September 21, 2020 Permalink

      I did and didn’t see anything and didn’t have time to comb through all the archives.