By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky sophomore nose guard Quinton Bohanna didn’t play the second half at Florida after injuring his ankle in the first half.
Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said Monday that Bohanna has actually had “minor” problems with both ankles the past few weeks.
“They’ve just been minor but when you’re that big and he goes into a game and it has been bothering him a little bit. He was not in full strength, so we decided to pull him,” Stoops said.
“He could not play anymore and Tymere (Dubose) and Marquan (McCall) did some good things. Marquan played well, he took a few reps off of Tymere and did a solid job while he was in there.”
Stoops has Bohanna listed “day-to-day” for this week’s game with Murray .
“We’ll see how he practices this week. It has been the type of ankle injury where he has been able to practice after a day or two’s rest, but I will see how it goes throughout this week,” the UK coach said.
Fortunately for Kentucky, the Cats have more depth on the defensive line this year, including true freshman McCall. Kentucky has already lost Josh Paschal off the line after he was diagnosed with skin cancer. Stoops called Paschal and Bohanna “two of our best defensive lineman” and yet UK won at Florida without either one.
“The rest of our guys really played good. We played eight guys inside this past week and they all did their job, did a good job. We were more disruptive than we have been in the past,” Stoops said.
Kentucky and Mississippi State will kic koff at 7 p.m. on Sept. 22 at Kroger Field. The game will be on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU according to the Southeastern Conference. Alabama and Texas A&M was selected as the 3:30 PM ET game on CBS.