By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky coach Mark Stoops thinks that junior linebacker Jordan Jones is “pretty close” to being full speed again after missing the last four games with a shoulder injury.
“He’s been back for a couple of weeks so that was good that we had the bye week where we could just get him in some reps without any contact at all. Get some looks and mentally get back into it a bit. I think that really helped him,” Stoops said Thursday.
“Then this week stepping it up more, as far as a bit more contact and seeing things, seeing some run fits, pass drops and so on. So I think he’s pretty close.”
Kentucky plays at Mississippi State Saturday afternoon and Jones’ energy could help change the UK defense.
“We were watching practice, or I was out at practice yesterday and I was standing behind Darius (West). Jordan was Jordan, flying around, and Darius turned around and said, ‘He’s back.’ You know what I mean? Making everybody’s tackles,'” Soops said.
On a not so positive note, Jordan Bonner could be “out for a while” according to Stoops. That’s why Boogie Watson has been moved back to outside linebacker.