Mark Stoops asked about Josh Ali on weekly SEC teleconference:— Josh Moore (@JoshMooreHL) October 27, 2021
"You always gotta be a touch concerned when a skill guy is coming off a knee injury. ... He will definitely play and hopefully be at full speed."
The veteran wideout will be a big boost to Kentucky’s offense just in time for a huge two-game stretch vs. Mississippi State and Tennessee.
Following Tuesday’s practice, quarterback Will Levis revealed that Ali is back at practice and looking good.
Kentucky QB Will Levis told us today that WR Josh Ali looks good in his return to practice, looks fast.— Jeff Drummond (@JDrumUK) October 26, 2021
On Monday, head coach Mark Stoops said Ali has a chance of playing this week.
“I feel like there’s a chance, yes,” Stoops said.
Ali is working his way back from a leg injury he suffered in Kentucky’s 20-13 win over Florida on October 2nd. The initial timeframe for his absence was 3-4 weeks, and Saturday’s game vs. Mississippi State would be right at four weeks.
So far this season, Ali has 17 catches for 248 yards and a touchdown while adding 13 rushing yards and a rushing score. He’s been the Cats’ No. 2 wide receiver all season, so getting him back would be a major boost against a Mississippi State team that actually opened as a one-point favorite over Kentucky (the line has since moved to Kentucky -1.5).
While guys like Isaiah Epps and DeMarcus Harris have tried stepping up, they just can’t produce like Ali has, so his return could prove to be the difference in what should be a tight game in Starkville.