But late in the first half, Kentucky had a serious injury scare when nose guard Quinton Bohanna went down with a leg injury. Bohanna was down on the ground in pain for a few minutes before being helped off the field without putting any pressure on the injured leg.
With just a couple minutes left in the half, Bohanna was put on a cart and immediately taken into the UK locker room. Anytime the cart is out, the fear is that it’s a significant injury that could put a player’s season in jeopardy.
Thankfully, it appears Bohanna will eventually return to the field for Kentucky.
After the game, Bohanna announced on Twitter that he’s fine and will be back.
I’m good ima be back— Quinton Bohanna (@QBohanna) October 17, 2020
It looked like the loss of Bohanna could be a game-changer in this game. When he went down, Kentucky was up 17-0 but started getting gashed up the middle on that drive, which ended with Ty Chandler running for a four-yard score to trim the deficit to 10.
But while losing a player the caliber of Bohanna is huge, junior lineman Marquan McCall is a very solid backup nose guard. He already had a fumble recovery in the first half and went on to help Kentucky shut out the Vols in the second half. Tennessee had 120 rushing yards at halftime but gained just 55 in the second half.
Coming into the season, this was expected to be Bohanna’s final college season. While the NCAA is granting everyone a free year of eligibility, Bohanna is one of Kentucky’s top NFL Draft prospects. This injury could change his thinking depending on how long he’s out. But hopefully, we’ll see him back in action soon as he looks to prove he’s one of the nation’s better nose guards.