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Mark Stoops says Josh Paschal and Bryce Oliver are practicing

Paschal suffered a knee injury in last week’s win over Mississippi State.

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If the Kentucky Wildcats are going to win in Knoxville for the first time since 1984, they’ll need just about all hands on deck to do so.

The good news is it appears most of Kentucky’s roster will be good to go Saturday vs. Tennessee, but two key players uncertain to play are wide receiver Bryce Oliver and defensive lineman Josh Paschal.

Oliver has yet to play this season as he’s been recovering from a hamstring injury suffered in fall camp. Paschal has played in every game so far but missed the second half of Saturday’s win over Mississippi State with a sprained knee.

On Thursday, head coach Mark Stoops revealed both Paschal and Oliver have practiced this week.

“He’s (Paschal) out there, he’s practicing,” Stoops said Thursday. “We’ll see how it goes.”

When asked about Oliver, Stoops simply said, “they’re out there practicing.”

Oliver, a redshirt sophomore, caught six passes for 111 yards and one score during an injury-riddled 2019 season. He was expected to be one of Kentucky’s top pass-catchers this season before his latest setback. If he plays Saturday, it could be a big addition to a passing game that struggled mightily last week against the Bulldogs.

Paschal, a redshirt junior, has recorded 12 tackles, two tackles for loss and one interception, which led to a key touchdown Saturday against Mississippi State.