Kentucky defensive end Cory Johnson is questionable for this week’s game against Auburn, coach Mark Stoops said in his weekly media conference on Monday.
“Cory Johnson got rolled up in practice,” Stoops said.
Kentucky will play host to Auburn at 7 p.m. Thursday (ESPN). The Tigers might play two quarterbacks against the Wildcats, Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said.
Johnson had 19 tackles in the Wildcats’ 34-27 overtime victory over Eastern Kentucky, including a game-ending sack on fourth down.
He was suspended (violation of team rules) for the season opener against Louisiana-Lafayette, but Johnson has been a tackling machine since his return.
His 37 tackles are crucial to the team’s success and he is among the SEC’s top 25 tacklers.
His tackling stats are:
- South Carolina (1)
- Florida (6)
- Missouri (11)
- Eastern Kentucky (19)
The Wildcats are No. 10 in total defense in the SEC, and that’s with Johnson in the lineup. Luckily for Kentucky, Auburn ranks No. 12 in total offense.
Kentucky is 4-1 overall with a 2-1 SEC mark, behind only Florida.
Both teams are coming off a bye week, and we’ll see if Auburn tries to expose Kentucky’s defensive line if Johnson is unable to play.
LB Jordan Jones and DT C.J. Johnson are both question marks. Johnson “got rolled up” in practice.
— Jen Smith (@jenheraldleader) October 12, 2015