One of the biggest storylines to watch for Kentucky leading into the game is the status of wide receiver Josh Ali and defensive tackle Marquan McCall. Both players have been sidelined with injuries for several weeks now.
Ali is battling a leg injury sustained in Kentucky’s win over Florida. The initial timeframe for his injury had him missing around 3-4 weeks and possibly being back this week to face Mississippi State.
As for McCall, he injured his ankle vs. Florida and was projected to miss 4-6 weeks, which means he could still miss several more games.
On Monday, head coach Mark Stoops gave some brief injury updates. He believes McCall and Ali both have a chance of playing this week.
“I feel like there’s a chance, yes,” Stoops said.
Not all news was good, as Stoops said that running back JuTahn McClain had a “minor physical setback,” and it doesn’t sound like he’ll play this week. McClain has been making an impact as a pass-catcher recently, which included a 25-yard touchdown reception vs. LSU.
Finally, tight end Izayah Cummings injured his arm late in the loss to Georgia and was in a sling following the game. Stoops declined to give a real update on Cummings today outside of a “we’ll see” when asked if he plays Saturday.
As tough as these next two games against Mississippi State and Tennessee next week will be, Kentucky ideally gets at least a few of these guys back, especially Ali and McCall.
Finally, here is Kentucky’s official depth chart for this week.