By LARRY VAUGHT
Junior linebacker Kash Daniel has had to play the last two games with a cast on his left hand that he broke in Kentucky’s win over Vanderbilt.
He’ll have company Saturday when teammate Jordan Jones also tries to play with a broken hand. He was hurt in practice this week. However, it won’t keep Jones from playing Saturday when UK tries to beat Georgia to earn a spot in the SEC Championship game.
‘He’s playing. He’ll play. We’re gonna have the Q-tip brothers (Daniel and Jones) out there. He’s also got a broken hand. Just getting banged up. There’s quite a few of our guys getting to that point,” Stoops said.
Jones had a season-high 10 tackles in last week’s win at Missouri. He’s fifth on the team in tackles this year with 46 and also has 3.5 tackles for loss.
Stoops joked that Daniel has been giving Jones tips on how to play with a broken hand.
“He’s talking him through it. He said, ‘You’ll be alright.’ Jordan needs a little coaching on that. He needs talked to. But he’ll be OK,” Stoops said.
True freshmen DeAndre Square and Chris Oats are backups for Jones and Daniel. Both have played well at times this season and likely will get more plays on Saturday than normal.
“They’re always ready to go. We have confidence in those guys. They’ve played a lot this year. DeAndre and Chris will both need to play in this game,” Stoops said.
Paschal not ready yet
Sophomore defensive lineman Josh Paschal has not played this year and won’t be ready Saturday.
He had surgery in the summer after being diagnosed with skin cancer on his foot. Stoops indicated last week that Paschal might be close to returning.
“He will not be able to participate this week. We were trying. We were hopeful,” Stoops said. “He had been working towards getting some practice time but he’s not ready.”