Even though it was unofficially decided towards the middle of the week, Will Levis' absence wasn't officially declared until warm ups, just under a half hour before kickoff Saturday night.
First seen during the Cat Walk, walking in a medical boot, fans started to assume that Will Levis wouldn't play in the Wildcats sixth game of the season. Fast forwarded to under an hour until the game began, when Will Levis was spotted in full sweats and all but declaring that he would be a no-go for the South Carolina matchup.
Kaiya Sheron moved to the starting role, finishing the game with 178 passing yards on 15/27 completions, including six sacks and two touchdowns.
After the loss, Mark Stoops was asked about an update on Will Levis and if he would return next week versus Mississippi State and he gave sort of an update.
The Kentucky head coach said that he isn't entirely sure if Will Levis will play next Saturday and that he is still day-to-day on his foot injury. "It's been day-to-day and it's (still) day-to-day. I can't tell you how that (his injury) is going to respond." In the next question, Mark continued with, "The injury that he's had, it's just hard to tell (on his return). I'm not trying to play any games with anybody, his is just an injury that when he can play he will play."
Mark was also asked if WIll's foot injury was more of a toe injury or an ankle injury, and he confirmed that it was more of his foot as a whole, elaborating as to why he wore the boot pregame.
As we likely won't know until around Friday if Will Levis will play against Mississippi State, which I predict he will, we definitely witnessed the drop off from not having him tonight. An offense without him resulted in only fourteen points and more punting yards (200) than passing (178) and rushing (121) each.