It would appear the Kentucky Wildcats got great news regarding the status of wide receiver Dekel Crowdus.
On Thursday, it was reported that Crowdus suffered a significant injury in practice, and the initial fear was it could be season-ending.
However, KSR’s Ryan Lemond reports Crowdus won’t need surgery, which suggests the true freshman won’t miss all of 2021.
Great news from my man @CrowdusDekel this afternoon. No surgery on his knee. Prayers answered. He's a great kid who has worked his ass off. This is just a minor setback, and he'll be back better and faster than ever!!!— Ryan Lemond (@ryanlemond) August 13, 2021
It’s unclear how long Crowdus will be out, but it’s still wonderful to hear he didn’t suffer a major knee injury that could have cost him his true freshman season, as well as put him on a long path of rehabbing the injury before being able to play again.
Crowdus, a consensus 4-star recruit in the Class of 2021, played at nearby Frederick Douglass High School before signing with the Wildcats. He was the third-ranked recruit from the state of Kentucky and 300th-overall recruit in his class via 247 Sports Composite.
Kentucky was banking on Crowdus having a significant role in a revamped receiver group that, combined with new offensive coordinator Liam Coen, looks fully capable of helping this passing game reach a level we’ve not seen under Mark Stoops.
The Wildcats still have three weeks until their regular-season opener vs. Louisiana Monroe, so there’s certainly time for Crowdus to heal up before actual games arrive.