Senior Raymond Sanders, who has rushed for 464 yards and three touchdowns this season, will be facing a suspension for a violation of team rules in the final game of his UK career.
"Very disappointing," UK head coach Mark Stoops said during his weekly press luncheon. "I've sat in here and bragged on him throughout the year. That doesn't change my opinion of Raymond. I think he's a good person. I'm disappointed in a few decisions that he made, but he's a good person. He's a good person for this program. Let's not let this define him."
The Georgia native was widely rumored to be included among a group of players (Demarco Robinson, Jason Hatcher, Cody Quinn) who were susponded for last week's game at Georgia, but Stoops said the staff needed to wait for additional details on Sanders' unspecified rules violation before disciplinary action could be taken.
"We were working through a couple of things last week where you all may or may not have heard this or that -- got a lot o questions about him -- but we got some more information back today, and from that came a decision on what I'm going to do with him this Saturday," Stoops said.
"He's not kicked off the team or anything like that, he just can't play in this game."
Asked if Sanders would still go through Senior Day festivities at Commonwealth Stadium, Stoops said: "To be honest with you, I found out this information about an hour ago. Let me think through that a little bit. I'll let you know (Tuesday)."
Sanders played sparingly in the Wildcats' 59-17 loss to Georgia, carrying the ball only once and catching two passes. Sophomore tailback Dyshawn Mobley led UK in rushing against the Bulldogs with a career-high 92 yards on 10 carries, including a 69-yard touchdown run. He is expected to move up the depth chart this week alongside freshman JoJo Kemp and senior Jonathan George.
Kentucky (2-9, 0-7 SEC) will also be without Robinson for Saturday's game against Tennessee (4-7, 1-6 SEC). The junior wide receiver will remain on the team, according to Stoops, providing he can meet certain requirements they have established for him moving forward.
Robinson is UK's third-leading pass catcher on the season with 20 receptions for 213 yars and two touchdowns. He's also the Cats' starting kickoff and punt return specialist. Junior Javess Blue is expected to move into those roles again this week.