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Kentucky Wildcats lose Cole Mosier to season-ending injury

UK loses its starting left tackle before the season even begins.

NCAA Football: Charlotte at Kentucky Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

The Kentucky Wildcats have suffered their first major loss of 2017 due to injury.

On Monday, the school announced that offensive lineman Cole Mosier suffered a torn ACL. It occurred during Saturday’s team scrimmage, and it will end the senior’s UK career.

“We’re extremely disappointed about Cole’s injury,” head coach Mark Stoops said in a press release. “He has been with us all five seasons we’ve been at Kentucky. He helped set the example of hard work that is the theme of this program, as he came in as a walk-on and earned a scholarship. We know Cole will continue to support his teammates this season and we wish him the best in his recovery and in the future.”

Mosier has played in 32 career games with 13 starts at left tackle. He came to UK as a walk-on from Walton-Verona High School before earning a full scholarship as a redshirt sophomore.

“Tearing my ACL was a big blow and it’s unfortunate because I wanted to finish my career here at UK with my teammates,” Mosier said. “However, I’m going to have surgery on Thursday and I plan to rehab my knee in order to participate in UK’s Pro Day in March. I want to thank Coach Stoops and Coach Schlarman for everything they’ve done for me. I also want to thank the Big Blue Nation for their support. Coming here as a walk-on and then earning a scholarship was a dream come true. I’m going to continue being around the team to cheer them on and help the team as much as I can.”

This is a very sad way to see Mosier’s inspiring college career come to an end.