LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky football opened spring practice Monday morning, but the Wildcats were without a few key players.
Senior tight end C.J. Conrad (foot), senior wide receiver Dorian Baker (ankle) and senior cornerback Derrick Baity (shoulder) were all out, Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said in his opening spring practice press conference.
Conrad injured his left foot in the Georgia game last season and missed Kentucky’s final two games. Baker suffered a fracture-dislocation in his left ankle in practice before the start of last season. Baity is dealing with a shoulder injury. The corner is doing individual work, but he’s not ready for contact.
There was also an injury Monday on the first day of spring practice. Junior tight end Justin Rigg was taken to the hospital as a precaution after he collided with senior cornerback Chris Westry. The Wildcats weren’t in full pads Monday.
“Justin took a pretty good shot,” Stoops said. “We wanted to take him to the hospital. Really, he had a lacerated kidney at one point in time and his stomach was bothering him.
“[Director of sports medicine Jim Madaleno] believes everything checked out fine, but there was a lot of things involved with Justin at that time: Possible head, possible, you know, internal, so we just sent him to the hospital to get him checked out. I’ll give you an update on that (Tuesday) or the next date. Hopefully it seems like everything should check out just fine.”
Baker, who led Kentucky with 55 receptions in 2015, has started running, changing direction, and putting pressure on his left ankle in the last week or two. Stoops said it’s not worth the risk of having him do more.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Walker Wood was also asked about. Wood, a Lexington native, suffered a torn ACL in high school and has also dealt with shoulder injuries. He was held out last season and still isn’t 100 percent.