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Mark Stoops gives an update on Chris Oats

Oats is continuing to progress following his medical incident in May of last year.

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As they get ready for the 2021 season to kickoff, and spring practice underway, the Kentucky Wildcats will still be without star linebacker Chris Oats, who suffered a stroke in May of last year.

Oats has been recovering ever since the incident happened, being moved to a rehabilitation center shortly after and staying there for roughly four months.

Coach Mark Stoops gave an update on Oats Monday at his spring practice press conference.

“He looks stronger, he looks like he’s doing well,” Stoops said. “I continue to ask for your prayers for Chris and continue to support them with the GoFundMe.”

Oats has been a key-player for the Kentucky football program, so much so that when he suffered his stroke and was no longer allowed to play, different members of the Kentucky football team took turns sporting the No. 22 jersey in each game this season.

Oats attended one game this past season, on Oct. 31 against Georgia, which was the first time seeing his teammates since his medical incident.

Oats was also gifted the game ball following Kentucky’s win over Mississippi State, their first of the season. Coach Stoops and Vince Marrow made the trip to see Oats after the game.