Mark Stoops: Austin MacGinnis has ‘chance’ to return against Auburn
Kentucky kicker Austin MacGinnis appears to be on the mend.
Coach Mark Stoops said MacGinnis might be healthy enough to play against Auburn on Oct. 15 after injuring his groin before the Wildcats’ 34-27 overtime victory over Eastern Kentucky on Saturday.
MacGinnis, who named to the 2014 All-SEC first team last season, wasn’t on the field for Kentucky’s first extra-point attempt and didn’t handle kickoff duties in the game. He was replaced by freshman kicker Miles Butler.
Butler connected on four extra-point attempts, but missed another attempt that kept the game tied at 13-13 entering the fourth quarter.
“I knew I had to make up for the one I missed, but it was just take each one separately and execute what I can do,” Butler told Kentucky.com. “So that was really all I was focused on was getting it through the uprights.”
Kentucky hopes to have MacGinnis available against Auburn.
MacGinnis is 6-for-7 this season (85 percent) and has made two field goals longer than 40 yards.
He holds the Kentucky record for points (104), field goals (21) and touchbacks (25) in a season.
On coach's show, Stoops says injured Meant, MacGinnis, Swindle, Garrett Johnson all will have a "chance to play" vs Auburn.
— Jen Smith (@jenheraldleader) October 5, 2015