The Kentucky Wildcats will see two juniors take part in Senior Day this weekend, and they’re both hanging up their cleats soon as well.
Wide receiver Alex Montgomery and guard Ramsey Meyers are both going to forego their final year of eligibility, and will instead be honored as seniors on Saturday, according to Mark Stoops.
Montgomery hasn’t played since he suffered a knee injury last year, and he just had surgery to repair a torn ACL, which will end his career. The injury was worse than originally expected, according to Stoops, and they didn’t realize that until they went into the surgery.
"He’s done playing football," Stoops said. "So I told him that I’d love to keep him in the program, have him come work with us, be a student assistant, in the recruiting room, wherever because he’s a wonderful young man and we want to take care of him and have him finish."
Montgomery has suffered through injury most of his career, He suffered injuries in 2013, 2014 and 2015, and despite the redshirt he got, he’ll still have to forego his final year of eligibility and remain as a team assistant.
Stoops had nothing but good things to say about Montgomery.
"He’s just a great kid. I’ve known him for a long time," Stoops said. "He’s a guy I went to see right away from my years at Florida State and Fort Lauderdale, he’s a great young man. I’ve got some stories about his grandma. His grandma was busting my chops when I was recruiting him. One of my favorite recruiting stories, I don’t want to tell you anything about it, but she was teasing me. She was wonderful. Alex has had some tough times in his life and he’s persevered through a lot of things."
As for Meyers, Stoops said he’s just ready to move on from football.
"Ramsey, I think at that point, he’s exhausted," Stoops said. "Four years and he’s going to graduate in May. I think he’d just as soon let it go at that point."
Meyers started 28 consecutive games, but was replaced by Bunchy Stallings midway through the year.
Both will be honored on senior day against Austin Peay this Saturday.