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Mark Stoops on Kenneth Horsey: “He’s doing good.”

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky freshman offensive lineman Kenneth Horsey is off limits to the media until he plays in a game. He was available Media Day, but UK’s policy with true freshmen is that they don’t do interviews again until playing in a game. If Horsey does not play and is redshirted, it will be spring practice before he can talk again.

That will be too bad because his story needs to be updated.

I recently wrote about him needing open heart surgery in April after a growth was detected on his heart. He wasn’t sure he would play football again, but he’s in Lexington now going through spring practice just like every other Kentucy signee.

Terry Craft sent me this message after reading about Horsey:

“Thank you Larry for posting this inspirational story on this young man.  I’m 68 years young and am a Stage III Colon Cancer Survivor since 1997, so I understand the power of prayer myself.  As a Carolina Gamecock alum, i will be praying for him and hope he has a great collegiate career at UK and a long healthy happy life afterwards.  God Bless him and you.”
After Tuesday’s practice, I asked coach Mark Stoops how Horsey — who seemed to be enjoying practice, including when he was dancing and singing a song he liked — was doing.
 “He’s doing good. He really has. He’s done everything,” Stoops said. “Once he was released (to practice), we were very cautious. The doctors were very cautious and obviously our medical team makes those decisions. He’s been very good.”

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