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Stoops Provides Injury Update After Day 1 Of Spring Practice

Kentucky Football is back! With spring practice officially underway in Lexington, head coach Mark Stoops took to the podium this morning to discuss a multitude of topics, including the injury updates of several key players going into the 2023 season. In Mark Stoops' opening remarks to the media, he made it apparent that transfer Devin Leary looked the part from his point of view in the Monday morning practice. Although Stoops was not willing to say Leary is 100%, he did mention that it looked like he was getting the normal number of reps a starting quarterback should get.

"(Leary) was able to go through basically an entire practice. I'm sure the trainers were watching him and limiting him some, but to my eye it was basically an entire practice, and he was just fine and looked really good." Stoops seemed adamant today that Leary would be able to carry his workload as we continue to work our way closer to the kickoff of the 2023 college football season and noted that Leary has worked hard with offensive coordinator Liam Coen to "improve in a lot of ways." Stoops noted later on that Leary IS indeed on a pitch count, but with the depth of their quarterback room and the amount of rotation between each quarterback, Stoops implied that the #1 quarterback transfer likely wouldn't have had many more reps today without an injury.

Coach Stoops then followed up with a list on players that will be out indefinitely due to injury for spring practice, including (OL) Nik Hall, (RB) Ramon Jefferson, (TE) Josh Kattus, (TE) Jordan Dingle, (DL) Khalil Saunders, and (TE) Brenden Bates. It is worth mentioning some of these surgeries were inevitable and were preventative measures, but spring practice SHOULD be all that these players miss. With three tight ends out, spring ball creates opportunities for Izayah Cummings to earn his spot atop the depth chart after finishing the entire 2022 campaign with zero receptions.

Stoops did announce that (OL) NIU transfer Marques Cox was on the practice field today after injuring his foot against the Cats in 2022, and announced Vito Tisdale is back in practice after suffering a torn ACL. Stoops said today that the Bowling Green product is "back and close to full go" and also noted that once the full pads go on, sometimes the plans of rehabilitation can get tricky as soreness can occur.

Kentucky will practice three more times this week as they kick off spring camp and will take the next week off for spring break. As far as any legitimate complications with injuries, Stoops did not seem to seem too concerned moving forward. You can watch the entirety of Stoops' presser below.



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