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Good morning Big Blue Nation. For the second week in a row, the Kentucky Wildcats lost an offensive starter to injury during a Saturday scrimmage. Last week it was Cole Mosier when he tore is ACL, this week it’s Dorian Baker.

Baker, a senior wide receiver poised to have a big year, went down with a “significant” ankle injury. Mark Stoops didn’t elaborate beyond that but did say we will know more on Monday.

It sounds to me like a broken ankle and if that’s the case then Baker will be out but will have a chance to return later in the season.

I vote for no more scrimmages for the next two weeks as the ‘Cats prepare to take on Southern Mississippi. They can’t afford to lose anyone else.

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Baker certainly has the right attitude.

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