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Injury List Grows as UK Falls to Miss. State

These articles are courtesy of RCN partner KY Forward and writer Jon Hale:

UPDATE:

The list of the UK football team’s walking — or at least limping — wounded grew Saturday as the Wildcats struggled to move the ball on offense and the defense was unable to get off the field on third down in a 27-14 loss to No. 20 Mississippi Sate.

This week the Wildcats learned their week-one starting quarterback Maxwell Smith, week-one starting tailback CoShik Williams and backup safetyDakotah Tyler were out for the season with injuries.

By the second half Saturday, those players were joined by freshman quarterback Patrick Towles and starting safeties Martavius Neloms andAshely Lowery on the inactive list.

“Injuries continue to mount, and we continue to get younger and younger,” said UK head coach Joker Phillips. “We have now played 14 true freshmen. At one time it was four or five true freshmen competing with our defense and numerous (freshmen) on special teams.”

UK fell to #20 Mississippi State 27-14. Full story: KY Forward

Original post before the game:

It appears that almost no one knows what to expect from the UK football offense on Saturday versus Mississippi State, including the coaches. 

ith sophomore quarterbackMaxwell Smith likely out for the season after undergoing surgery this week on a torn ligament in his ankle and senior quarterbackMorgan Newton haven struggled mightily in a start at Florida, the Wildcats will use a timeshare between true freshmen Jalen Whitlow and Patrick Towles at quarterback this weekend.

“I think it is exciting because I can tell you this: the team we’re about to play has no idea what they’re about to get,” said UK head coach Joker Phillips on Monday. “We really don’t know what we’re about to get, but we’re going to go for it.”

After a week of practice, little more is known about how exactly the Wildcats will use the quarterback tandem this weekend, but Phillips has divulged a few facts.

Whitlow will be the first quarterback to see the field, but Phillips stopped short of calling him the starter.

“There’s really not a starter,” Phillips said Thursday. “It’s Whitlow or Towles, but Jalen will run out there first.”

Phillips also promised that both quarterbacks will play, maybe even on the same series at times.

Read the full story: KY Forward

Meanwhile, UK has lifted its ban on tailgating for Saturday's game:

 

A ban on alcohol imposed last weekend in the University of Kentucky’s nonreserved tailgate space along Cooper Drive, has been lifted, according to an email sent to UK students, faculty and staff this morning.

The email, from UK President Eli Capilouto and Stephen Bilas, president of UK student government, said lifting the ban was an attempt to move forward in a “constructive and collaborative” way. The ban, imposed last week for the UK-South Carolina football game, was the result of behavior of a “small number of people” before and after the Sept. 15 UK-Western Kentucky football game that “threatened the safety of those around them.”

Following is the campuswide email sent by Capilouto and Bilas:

Read the full story with the email: KY Forward