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Receiver Isaiah Epps out six weeks with fractured bone in left foot

Isaiah Epps (Larry Vaught Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Probably the two positions with the biggest question marks for Kentucky going into this season are the secondary and receiver. Now Kentucky has taken a significant injury in both spots.

First it was safety Davonte Robinson going down with a season-ending leg injury before practice even started. Now junior receiver Isaiah Epps has fractured a bone in his left foot — and that happened on the first day of practice.

Epps was UK’s second most experienced receiver behind Lynn Bowden. He played in every game last year and caught eight passes for 76 yards but coaches were counting on him for a lot more this year because of his experience and speed.

Offensive coordinator Eddie Gran said today that Epps likely will be out six weeks — which would make him miss UK’s first two games and then maybe return to face Florida Sept. 14. Epps has has surgery that required putting a screw in his left foot.

“The surgery went well and it looks like that he’ll be back in about six weeks,” Gran said.
The junior from Oklahoma has played in all 26 games the last two years and has 12 total catches for 131 yards.
Both Stoops and Gran singled Epps out at Media Day last week as a player that expected much more from this season.
“Isaiah Epps needs to be more consistent. He has the speed,” Gran said then. “It’s time for Isaiah Epps to be a guy all the time, not just here and there. There is no more time for that. That’s not what we’re looking for here. It’s time to have grown man pants on, then let’s go.”
With Epps out the “next man up” could be redshirt freshman Bryce Oliver, one of the stars of the spring game when he had eight receptions for 105 yards and one score. “He’s gotta great opportunity right now. We’ve gotta have some guys to step up and get into that role. So far he’s done a nice job,” Gran said Tuesday.
Allen Dailey Jr.and Clevan Thomas were two other receivers Gran talked a lot about during Media Day.

 

“Clevan is really going to be the backup to both sides, our Y and our F. That’s a young man that has to do something as well,” Gran said. “Allen is big, physical guy. He’s not the fastest guy. He’s really consistent. As I heard coach talk about, as a freshman he kind of hit a wall. Hopefully we’ll have now, after a year, that you see something different from him. I really like him. I like what we’re going to have at that position because it’s going to be awfully competitive.

 

“But we need something out of Clevan Thomas. It’s time for him to be a good.”

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