For much of the summer, UK has done a good job of preventing the coronavirus from spreading within the team.
However, that was pretty much a lock to change in recent weeks with students moving back into UK’s campus. We’ve seen several colleges have outbreaks within teams that have forced practice to be paused, while some schools have even sent non-athletics students home and gone fully online for fall classes.
Thankfully, things haven’t been that bad at UK yet, but Mark Stoops confirmed today that three players have tested positive for the virus this week.
Mark Stoops said UK had three positive COVID-19 tests among players this week, but one was already being isolated due to contact to an infected person.— Jon Hale (@JonHale_CJ) August 22, 2020
Stoops obviously didn’t say who the players were, but they figure to be held out of practice for a week or two while they recover. Hopefully, that’s the extent of it, as the virus has affected some college athletes enough to end their 2020 seasons.
In addition, Stoops shared a positive update on quarterback Terry Wilson, who is still working his way back from a torn patellar tendon that ended his 2019 season after just two games. It’s a very challenging injury to come back from, but thus far, Wilson is looking like his old self.
UK coach Mark Stoops on Zoom today after practice on quarterback Terry Wilson: "When he pulls it down and runs, he’s like a bolt again. Just like he used to do." #bbn #ukfootball— John Clay (@johnclayiv) August 22, 2020
For the Wildcats to reach their ultimate potential this coming season, they need Wilson back to where he was before his injury last season. After an up-and-down first season as a starter in 2018, Wilson looked like an improved passer in the first two games last year. And he obviously still had the kind of speed to put pressure on opposing defenses with his legs, which has helped him go 12-3 as the Wildcats’ starter.
If Wilson can become a more complete quarterback, he’ll not only lead UK to another special season, but he could hear his name called in the 2021 NFL Draft.
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