By LARRY VAUGHT
Preseason practice has not started officially for Mark Stoops’ team at Kentucky but already the Cats have suffered a big season-ending injury.
Junior safety Davonte Robinson injured his right quadriceps muscle on Tuesday and will need surgery that will force him to miss the season, according to Stoops in a release from UK today.
Robinson, who played at Lexington Henry Clay, was Kentucky’s most experienced returning player in the secondary. He played in all 13 games last year and started three times. For the season he had 42 tackles, three tackles for loss, four pass breakups and two fumble recoveries, including one on the final play of the game at Florida he returned for a touchdown to seal UK’s first win over the Gators in 31 years.
What makes his loss hurt so much is that Kentucky lost its top five defensive backs off last year’s team and the secondary was already the team’s biggest question mark going into the season.
However, remember last year UK lost starting offensive tackle Landon Young to a knee injury for the season and defensive lineman Josh Paschal was diagnosed with skin cancer that forced him to miss all but the last few games.
Kentucky went on to win 10 games, including the New Year’s Day bowl win over Penn State.
Now the Cats will have to regroup without Robinson and find other players to help fill what already was a big void in the defense.