VAUGHT: Little questionable for Florida

Kentucky could be without two of its offensive leaders when it plays at Florida Saturday night. Coach Rich Brooks said today that center Matt McCutchan and running back Rafael Little are "both questionable" because of injuries sustained in the win over Mississippi.

McCutchan went down with a high ankle sprain while Little, UK's top rusher and all-purpose yardage leader, has a turf toe and bruised knee.

"We will know more Tuesday, but I would say they are both questionable," Brooks said.

If McCutchan can't play, Kentucky will count on senior Trai Williams to replace him. Williams, a guard, played center some during spring practice and also took more snaps after backup center Jorge Gonzalez went out two weeks ago with a season-ending knee injury.

"Again, we are getting thin. Trai slid over (from guard) and did a really good job in the fourth quarter (against Ole Miss). But we are starting to run out of options. Obviously, this gives us great concern. We can't keep getting people hurt at the same position," Brooks said.

Kentucky's backup if McCutchan can't play will be Eric Scott, a former tight end-defensive end. The Wildcats will have more options to play without Little. Backup Tony Dixon started in 2004 before missing last year with an ankle injury. Redshirt freshman Alfonso Smith also has speed Brooks like at running back.

Little is also one of the SEC's best punt returners, but UK could use Keenan Burton, DeMoreo Ford or Dicky Lyons at that spot. "We have choices, but we would rather not have to make them," Brooks said.

The good news is that tight end Jacob Tamme should be back close to full speed. He played only 20 plays — the maximum Brooks wanted to use him — against Mississippi because of a hamstring injury. "We didn't throw him the ball. We worked a lot of no tight end sets early last week because we did not know if he was going to be ready. The good news is he did not aggravate it and it looks like he will be ready to go this week."

Defensive tackle Myron Pryor had an interception, two fumble recoveries and quarterback sack in the win over Ole Miss despite practicing only one day last week because of his turf toe injury. He had missed the previous game.

"He did not have any big flare up (with the toe). I expect him to play quite a bit more at Florida. I think he will practice all this week," Brooks said.


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