In losing its rivalry game against Tennessee on Saturday, Kentucky also lost one of its most crucial offensive weapons for the immediate future.
The Wildcats released their depth chart Monday morning in anticipation of Saturday’s UGA game — and not on it was Boom Williams, the star sophomore running back.
“Boom will be out. Boom has an elbow injury,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said in his Monday press conference. “It will be week to week but he is out right now.”
Williams had to leave the Tennessee game a few minutes before halftime when he injured the elbow on a big hit. A few minutes before the elbow issues surfaced, Williams hurt his arm, but he felt good enough to re-enter the game.
The depth chart now lists Mikel Horton as the top running back, followed by Jojo Kemp and Sihiem King. Williams has three rushing touchdowns and averages 80.4 yards per game on the ground. Horton also has three touchdowns, but he averages just 26.8 rushing yards per game.
Stoops also said wide receiver Joey Herrick won’t be available to play Saturday and that offensive lineman George Asafo-Adjei will be monitored throughout the week. The good news on the injury front is that backup quarterback Drew Barker should be ready to play in the event that anything happens to starter Patrick Towles. Barker was out against Tennessee with a lingering shoulder injury.
“Joey, he’s got a bone bruise,” Stoops said. “So we were glad it was not a more significant knee injury.”
Asked if the Wildcats needed to change their strategy in the run game with Williams unavailable, Stoops indicated that wasn’t fully the case in Saturday’s 52-21 loss to the Vols.
“Not much, not much — no,” he said. “Certain things we do to create space for Boom and use his skill set, but the run game in general I thought wasn’t bad … I wish we had just gone to some of our power running game earlier because we did have some success against them.”