By LARRY VAUGHT
Junior linebacker Jordan Jones, UK’s top tackler last season, is doubtful for Saturday’s game against Florida because of a shoulder injury he suffered last in the win over Eastern Kentucky. He did not play in the win at South Carolina last week.
“He’s, like I said last week, it will be a stretch. If something changes, I will let you know,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said Monday.
Eli Brown started in Jones’ place and was playing well before going out in the fourth quarter with leg cramps that should not impact him this week.
“He went in and took an IV. I am not even sure how many plays he missed but he got back pretty quick. But, I was very pleased with the way Eli (Brown) played. I said that really all camp. He has been much more consistent with his work,” Stoops said.
“Going back to last winter and trying to gain weight and get stronger and really had a good fall practice camp. As I told you, I guess Thursday, I was excited to see him play. He needed the opportunity to get quality reps and he didn’t disappoint us. He played very well.”
So did Jamar Watson when Brown went out and he got his chance. He was part of two key tackles to stop potential South Carolina scoring drives.
“Boogie just played a few plays and he did some good things. He’ll get more as we go. Jamar has been a great team player. We have been bouncing him around. The big thing is getting, as you get so deep in game plans and things change, you know, he has had to play quite a few positions. We appreciate him being very unselfish because we have a lot of confidence in him. He is a good football player,” Stoops said.
“Just like Saturday, went in and helped on a critical stop in a critical situation. So, Jamar has done a great job. He is going to be very good. He is helping us fill some holes right now and play where we need him But, he will settle in and help us play.”