BLOOMINGTON-When Rich Brooks' Kentucky arrive in town on Saturday, it will be with a team that's been decimated in recent weeks by injuries.
On defense, starting defensive tackle Lamar Mills was lost for the season late in the season-opener against Louisville with a torn knee ligament. His injury came as a big blow to the Wildcat defense which was already missing defensive tackle Rick Abren, who has been out with a broken wrist.
"Disappointment is a mild term," Brooks said about Mills' injury. "This is devastating for him because he played such a great game (vs. Louisville, when he had eight tackles). He has been playing better than he ever has, and this is a big disappointment, for him and for our defense."
The injuries continued to pile up over the weekend in UK's 41-29 victory over I-AA Idaho State. Receivers Tommy Cook (dislocated kneecamp) and Keenan Burton (broken foot) are out for the IU game, as is safety Marcus McClinton (season-ending knee injury). In addition, ankle injuries to defensive end B. Jay Parsons and wide receiver Glenn Holt have them listed as questionable for the final game in the IU-UK series.
The trio of wideouts who are expected out for the IU game is one of the biggest concerns for the UK offense. Burton and Cook rank 1-2 on the team in receiving yards this season, and the pair have combined for 11 catches for 239 yards and a touchdown.
The injuries have also left UK without much size to work with at the wide receiver position. The Wildcats will likely use 5-11 true freshman DeMoreo Ford, 6-0 sophomore John Logan and possibly 5-7 tailback Draak Davis at wide receiver this weekend. Six-foot-three senior Scott Mitchell is also healthy, and is the only available wide receiver on the Wildcat roster who has any catches in the Wildcats' first two games. Mitchell has four catches for 41 yards.
"We went from having some fairly tall receivers to having some ‘smurfs,'" said Brooks. "DeMoreo Ford is going to see some time despite not getting much action up until now. I think he has a lot of ability. It would be nice to see John Logan rise to the occasion. If he is ever going to prove himself, this is a great opportunity for that to happen. Draak Davis is also another option."
That's a concern for a UK offense that has averaged 32.5 points per game, but only 317.5 yards of total offense.
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