The word “doubtful” began to roll off Mark Stoops’ tongue, but then the Kentucky coach stopped himself as reality set in.
“He won’t play,” said Stoops of star running back Boom Williams in regards to the UGA game. “He won’t play.”
The sophomore injured his elbow on second down Saturday against Tennessee as he made a hard run toward the end zone before he was brought down on the tackle. Originally deemed as week-to-week, Williams lifted the spirits of the Kentucky coaches when his recovery suggested that perhaps he’d actually be day-to-day. But the fact that Williams isn’t playing Saturday against UGA suggests he still needs more time to get back to full strength. In his place, fellow sophomore running back Mikel Horton will be asked to step up.
Stoops also confirmed Thursday that redshirt freshman safety Darius West and senior wide receiver Joey Herrick won’t play either, also due to injury. West tweaked an ankle and Herrick ended up with a bone bruise in his knee when he was injured after a kickoff against the Vols.
The Bulldogs and Wildcats will kick off at 12 p.m. ET Saturday at UGA with SEC Network televising the game.
Kentucky will have to compete without their top rusher in Williams, but a win Saturday would make the Wildcats just one game shy of becoming bowl eligible.
In the midst of a three-game losing streak, Stoops is confident that things will turn around for his team.
“It’s been a good week of practice so far. One more run through [Friday], so hopefully we continue to have good, crisp practices,” Stoops said. “We’re excited about it. We’re excited to play.”