LEXINGTON, Ky. --- Kentucky's two standout defensive tackles were noticeably absent from Wednesday's practice at the Nutter Center, and one of them is not likely to appear in uniform again this season.
Jeremy Caudill, a 6-foot-3, 298-pound sophomore from Prestonsburg, experienced pain in his lower back late Tuesday night after rejoining the Wildcats' practice earlier that day. He had been sidelined for approximately three weeks due to the injury, and had recently visited a back specialist in Atlanta.
"His back just won't hold up, so he's most likely headed for a redshirt year," Kentucky coach Guy Morriss said. "We've got to get him healed up. There's no sense in trying to keep working him, give him two weeks off, and try to bring him back. So we'll just probably go ahead and redshirt him... I've not talked it through with John (Goodner) yet, but I'm sure that's what the plan's going to be."
Caudill started all 11 games of the 2000 season as a true freshman. He made 20 tackles, including 6.5 tackles for loss and two quarterback sacks. He came to UK as a Parade All-American out of Prestonsburg High School.
Senior Derrick Johnson has been starting in Caudills absence, and is expected to get the call when the Cats travel to Indiana on Saturday.
Kentucky's other heralded sophomore tackle, Dewayne Robertson, was also held out of Wednesday's drills. The 6-foot-3, 311-pound Memphis native is recovering from a mild ankle sprain suffered in the first quarter of last week's 28-20 victory over Ball State.
"I think Dewayne at 80 percent is better than a lot of guys at full speed, so we'll see if he can get back out here tomorrow and then line up on Saturday," Morriss said. "We sure need him to."
Robertson, who Morriss considers "probable" for the IU game, had 10 tackles in the season opener against Louisville.