Unfortunately, senior nose guard Quinton Bohanna suffered a knee injury right before halftime, then had to be carted to the locker room and was unable to return.
After the game, Bohanna took to Twitter to let the BBN know that he will be back, “I’m good ima be back.”
I’m good ima be back— Quinton Bohanna (@QBohanna) October 17, 2020
His teammate, Jamin Davis, said in his postgame interview that he thought Bohanna was OK.
On Monday during his media conference, Mark Stoops addressed Bohanna’s injury, noting that the Cats will be without him this weekend when they travel to face the Missouri Tigers.
Stoops said that Bohanna would be out “for a bit” but added that the injury was not a major one.
Bohanna is a key anchor to Kentucky’s front seven and it showed how impactful he really is when Tennessee was able to get the run game going during his absence.
Against Mississippi State. Bohanna was key in forcing two INTs by getting pressure on the Bulldogs’ quarterbacks.
There is no doubt that Kentucky will miss Bohanna during his absence but thankfully we know that he didn’t suffer a major injury and will be back sooner rather than later.
You can watch Mark Stoops’ full press conference below:
Live Now - Coach Stoops - Pre-Missouri Press Conference https://t.co/EgebvLHf29— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) October 19, 2020
In addition, Kentucky released an updated depth chart, which does not have Bohanna at nose tackle anymore. Marquan McCall, a four-star top-200 recruit from the Class of 2018, is now the starter. Five-star 2020 top-20 recruit Justin Rogers is now the backup.
Pretty nice when you have four and five-star recruits waiting in the wings when a key player goes down. That speaks to how far Kentucky has come under Mark Stoops.
Other notable depth chart changes include true freshmen Izayah Cummings and Michael Drennen being listed as backup wide receivers. Both players saw action in Saturday’s win over Tennessee and could have bigger roles moving forward as Kentucky looks to get more production out of its passing game, which accounted for a combined 180 passing yards over the last two weeks.
At running back, A.J. Rose remains the start with Chris Rodriguez Jr. as the backup. While Rose is still an important player, Rodriguez has looked like the best back on this roster in recent weeks, so it may just be a matter of time until he’s the starter.
Also, Kavosiey Smoke remains off the depth chart as he continues to recover from a rib injury.