According to offensive coordinator Liam Coen, Ali and Epps were involved in a car accident that will likely sideline them for the bowl game next week. Thankfully, they’re both ok, so it doesn’t appear their injuries were serious.
UK Offensive Coordinator Liam Coen announces Josh Ali and Isaiah Epps were involved in a car accident. They are OK but will not be available for the Citrus Bowl game against Iowa. They've been trying to get back to play but doesn't appear they can be there.— Keith Farmer (@KeithFarmer18) December 20, 2021
This is a really tough break for Ali, a fifth-year senior who was set to play his final collegiate game vs. Iowa after spending the last five years in Lexington. He’s currently second on the team in catches (41) and receiving yards (601) to go with three touchdowns.
Epps, who is a redshirt junior, has caught 11 passes for 171 yards and one score this season.
With these two set to miss the bowl, Kentucky will need guys like DeMarcus Harris, Izayah Cummings and Justin Rigg to step up in the pass-catching department to keep Iowa from focusing solely on Wan’Dale Robinson.
This could also be a good chance for younger guys like Chauncey Magwood, Chris Lewis and Tae Tae Crumes to show what they’re made of.
Big news for @UKFootball... Liam Coen announces Josh Ali and Isaiah Epps were involved in a car accident and will NOT be available for the Citrus Bowl— Maggie Davis (@MaggieDavisTV) December 20, 2021
Both guys are ok, but "probably not worth it for their futures" for them to play on Jan. 1st
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