LEXINGTON, Ky. — Jordan Jones and Jeff Badet, two of Kentucky’s most dynamic playmakers on either side of the ball, could return Saturday after suffering injuries in the game last weekend against Tennessee.
Jones, a sophomore linebacker, leads Kentucky in tackles and has more solo tackles than anyone in the conference. He left with back spasms in Knoxville and was out the whole second half. Kentucky’s defense allowed 49 points and redshirt freshman Eli Brown was forced to play in his place.
Badet missed much of the game against Tennessee with a hip pointer injury. The junior receiver leads the SEC with 24 yards per catch and has been quarterback Stephen Johnson’s favorite downfield threat.
Mark Stoops said there’s a “good chance” both could play Saturday. Stoops also said sophomore safety Mike Edwards wasn’t at his best last weekend after not playing a snap in practice all of last week.
Kentucky faces winless Austin Peay, an FCS school, at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium. Badet and Jones likely won’t be crucial to the Wildcats chances to win as the Governors haven’t won a game in more than two years.
Bowl eligibility is on the line for the five-win Wildcats and Stoops isn’t taking anything for granted no matter the opponent.
“We’re in no position to overlook anybody,” Stoops said. “We’re worried about ourselves.”