You always hate to see injuries occur in the preseason, and over the last few years, Kentucky has had its fair share of bad luck.
Yesterday, it was announced that Isaiah Epps will be out six weeks with a foot fracture. Luckily, the recovery period is shorter and Epps will likely be able to return by Week 4 when Kentucky heads to Starkville to take on Mississippi State, if six weeks is the recovery time needed to return from the injury.
That means Kentucky will need to find someone to fill the void left by Epps, a player that was talked about as being improved from last season and was potentially a starter at the X Wide Receiver slot, despite some inconsistency—especially on deep passes—in the spring.
The likely candidates are Ahmad Wagner, the former Iowa basketball player who drew a lot of attention when he made it on the field last year; Bryce Oliver, the 6’1” redshirt freshman that had a breakout performance in the Blue-White game this spring with 8 catches for 100+ yard and a touchdown; and Allen Dailey, the 6’3” sophomore who had a touchdown against Murray State last year.
One of these guys will have a void to step up as a playmaker down the field for Terry Wilson and to divert attention from Lynn Bowden. Although being a redshirt freshman, Oliver showed big-play ability in the spring game. If he can show that leading up to the opening game against Toledo, it may go a long way toward a starting job.
Regardless, Epps’ injury means someone will have to step up in his absence to help out a receiver group that needs consistent production outside of Bowden.
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