Kentucky will probably be without two of its top three receivers Saturday when #8 Missouri arrives in Lexington. One freshman, Ryan Timmons, is doubtful with what The Lexington Herald-Leader terms “a badly sprained ankle.” Another freshman, Alexander Montgomery, has been lost for the season due to a torn ACL.
Adding insult to injury — literally — Montgomery blew his knee while celebrating a touchdown catch against Alabama State last weekend. Montgomery went up to do a mid-air chest bump with a pair of teammates only to land awkwardly and drop to the ground. One of those teammates was fellow receiver Demarco Robinson who said that the trainers told him to knock off the mid-air celebrations.
On a positive front, wideout Javess Blue could be back in action this weekend. He missed the Alabama State game with his own bizarre injury. While warming up he somehow took a football to the face and one eye was so swollen he couldn’t see to play.
Mark Stoops — who must feel cursed at this point — says he might limit the Wildcats’ repertoire of celebrations:
“I do think about it when they’re doing that stuff, even at practice sometimes when we’re having fun. You don’t want to take away the energy. You want them excited… We’ve got to be smart about that. I tell you, I’m even nervous — we’ve got a couple of those guys that can do back flips. Sometimes they’ll do that before practice and get guys sparked up. I’m a little leery of that as well. So, yeah, we might have to keep our feet on the ground for celebrations right now.
We can’t afford to lose anybody else. We lose enough guys in games and practice. We can’t lose them in pregame and doing celebrations, that’s for sure.”
Without two of their top receivers and facing a top 10 team, it’s fair to suggest that UK might not have many celebrations to worry about on Saturday.