For the third straight season, the Kentucky Wildcats have lost a starter before the season has kicked off.
Thursday, it was reported that safety Davonte Robinson would miss the entire 2019 season after suffering a right quad injury, UK has confirmed.
It’s unclear how the injury occurred as the team is about to report for training camp next week.
Robinson, a Lexington native by way of Henry Clay High School, was a projected starter at cornerback who could also play safety if needed. As a redshirt sophomore last season, he finished the season sixth on the team in tackles, tied for third and pass breakups, and finished tied Chris Oats and Josh Allen for the team lead in fumble recoveries.
Most notably, Robinson scooped the fumble forced by Allen in UK’s victory over Florida and took it to the end zone for a touchdown as time expired.
With the departures of Mike Edwards, Darius West, Lonnie Johnson and Derrick Baity, Robinson was supposed to anchor a young secondary in 2019.
Robinson and senior cornerback Jordan Griffin were the only two players it seemed UK would have with experience in the secondary this season. Now, with Robinson is out, and the pressure is on the senior Griffin to tame charge.
This makes the addition of junior college defensive back Quandre Mosley and Brandin Echols even more critical for this coming season. Some other players who figure to have bigger roles now in the secondary include redshirt sophomore Cedrick Dort, redshirt freshman Jamari Brown and redshirt freshman Stanley Garner.
We wish the best for Robinson and for a speedy recovery.