During the Kentucky Wildcats’ 35-28 win over Missouri on Saturday night, starting linebacker Jordan Wright was forced from the game due to injury.
During Mark Stoops press conference Monday morning, he was asked about the status of Wright for the game against Chattanooga this weekend. According to Stoops he will be day-to-day as they go through practice this week.
“We’ll see how it goes,” Stoops said.
Before leaving the game with on Saturday, Wright recorded three tackles, and one pass deflection.
On the depth chart, Wright’s listed back up is J.J. Weaver, who is working his way back from an ACL injury. The staff has been careful of how they are using Weaver early on this season, as they are trying to make sure he is 100% as they get into the heart of their SEC schedule in October.
The good news is Stoops revealed during his Monday call-in show that Wright should be back on the field soon, so it doesn’t sound like this will be an extended absence.
Stoops says LB/S Davonte Robinson returned to practice today, and they got good news on LB Jordan Wright, who should be back soon.— Jeff Drummond (@JDrumUK) September 13, 2021
Still, if Wright misses games, several players may get a run at outside linebacker.
K.D. McDaniel got a few looks against Missouri, and he will for sure get more this weekend. But it sounds like there might be a few other options to come into the mix as well.
“We got some ideas, and we’ll continue to bring KD along,” Stoops said earlier Monday. “He can help us. He’s doing some good things. He made a few critical mistakes Saturday with some inexperience, but we have some other guys we can fool around with as well.”
This also could mean we see more of true freshman linebacker Trevin Wallace. The former top-50 recruit has flashed potential in the first two weeks of the season, and getting him to the outside might set up well for the Cats defensively in the future.
This staff has recruited the defensive side of the ball extremely well the last several seasons, so hopefully, they’re able to overcome a starting linebacker missing a game or two.