Mark Stoops offers latest injury update heading into spring football
Kentucky won’t be at 100 percent this spring.
That’s the latest from Mark Stoops, who opened spring camp in Lexington with his first press conference of the 2020 football season on Monday.
The biggest name on Kentucky’s injured list heading into spring game is presumed starting quarterback Terry Wilson, and the way Stoops tells it, the quarterbacks looking up the depth chart at Wilson will have every opportunity to make their move this spring as the Wildcat continues to progress from lasts fall’s season-ending knee injury.
“Terry Wilson limited. He won’t go through spring, he’s doing some throwing and getting his leg stronger and the rehab and all those things,” Stoops shared on Monday. “Nik Scalzo, he will be out. Davonte (Robinson) will be limited, Aubule (Abadi-Fitzgerald) will be out, (Isaiah) Epps out, Naasir (Watkins) out, Taj Dodson will be out, D’Eryk Jackson will be out.
“Those are the guys that will be out, or limited, in some way. Davonte won’t be participating but he will go through some drills, he is going through some of the winter conditioning we’ve done right now. He’s getting better, a lot of these guys are getting closer.”
Stoops went on to clarify his statements on Wilson and Scalzo, noting both quarterbacks won’t be doing much in terms of work this spring in Lexington.
“They won’t get team reps, Nik and Terry will not get team reps or 7-on-7,” Stoops added. “So (the other quarterbacks on the roster) are going to be able to get a lot of work, with Sawyer (Smith), Amani (Gilmore), Beau (Allen) and Joey (Gatewood). So, the good thing is, you know we are pretty deep there. But with the two guys injured, that will give good, quality reps to the four that are participating.”
Considering last season ended in Kentucky being forced to put a receiver at quarterback for the second half of the season, if nothing else, at least it’s a nice luxury to have a deep QB room in Lexington this spring.