Montgomery out for season with ACL tear

Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops announced Monday that freshman wide receiver Alex Montgomery would miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL.

Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops announced Monday that freshman wide receiver Alex Montgomery would miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL.

Montgomery was injured Saturday after making a 6-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter of the Wildcats' 48-14 win over Alabama State. He landed awkwardly on his knee after celebrating the score with teammates, forcing Stoops to consider how his players react to big plays in the future.

"We have to address that today as well," Stoops said. "I do think about it when they're doing that stuff. Even at practice sometimes when we're having fun. You don't want to take away the energy... We want to be cheering quite a bit and creating big plays, and we want the excitement there, but we've got to be smart about that."

Stoops noted that he's got a couple of players who like to do backflips before practice to get their teammates fired up. "I'm a little bit leary of that as well. We may have to get our feet on the ground for celebrations right now. We can't afford to lose anybody else. We lose enough guys during games and practice. We can't lose 'em in pregame and doing celebrations, that's for sure."

The staff hasn't implemented a hard rule on the matter, Stoops said, "but I'm going to definitely talk to them about the jumping and chest-bumping and all that stuff."

Montgomery, who signed with the Cats in February out of Cypress Bay High School in Weston, Fla., had caught 16 passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns in his first season with UK.

Kentucky may be without another top receiving threat for Saturday's game against Missouri. Freshman Ryan Timmons, who is second on the team with 27 receptions this season, is doubtful with a sprained ankle.

The Cats were already without their leading receiver, Javess Blue, last week after he was struck by the point of a ball in an eye during pregame warmups. He is expected to return for the Missouri game, but the receiving corps has taken a beating this season.

"We're getting pretty thin," Stoops said, but added that some other players have been stepping up. "I thought Jeff Badet played his best game (against Alabama State). That was good to see. Demarco (Robinson) we need to continue to get healthy and back into the fold, doing some good things. A.J. (Legree) is doing some better things as well, so that's a good sign."


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