Offensive tackle Ernie Pelayo will have shoulder surgery next week and will miss the rest of the season, coach Rich Brooks said.
Pelayo, a junior-college transfer, came to UK in January from Southwestern College in Chula Vista, Calif. He sat out last spring while rehabilitating a knee injury and began fall practice at full strength before sustaining the shoulder injury.
Pelayo had a redshirt season at Southwestern in which he had some injuries. UK will look into the possibility of applying for a medical hardship to retain two seasons of eligibility.
Pelayo joins a list of five starters or key reserves who are expected to miss the remainder of the season due to injury, including starting wide receiver Tommy Cook, starting wide receiver Keenan Burton, starting linebacker Dustin Williams and starting cornerback Bo Smith.
Ohio Game to Include United Way collection:
During the first timeout of Saturday's game, volunteers serving with the United Way of the Bluegrass will be introduced. The volunteers will pass buckets through the stands during first and second quarters to collect donations for the United Way.
Game Day honorees for the Ohio game:
Several members of the armed services will be introduced during pregame ceremonies. They will be introduced in conjunction with the giant flag presentation and the military flyover by an F15 fighter jet and a World War II-vintage P51 Mustang.
At the end of the first quarter, UK President Lee Todd and his wife, Patsy, will honor the 2004 UK and CHA Health "Class of Kentucky." The Class of Kentucky program recognizes one top sophomore from each high school in the Commonwealth, with more than 200 students selected this year. The students are chosen on the basis of academic record, community service and leadership.
The 1984 Hall of Fame Bowl championship team will be recognized at halftime. Former Wildcat players David Thompson, Oliver White and Bill Ransdell will serve as honorary game captains.
Television for the Ohio game:
The Ohio game will be a delayed telecast on the UKTV Network.
In addition, there will be a live telecast on ESPN GamePlan for fans living outside Kentucky (SEC TV contracts do not permit a live telecast within the state).