Good morning, Big Blue Nation!
The Kentucky Wildcats could be without arguably the most important player on the team today. Quarterback Will Levis is, according to various reports, hampered by some kind of foot injury. Reports started leaking out Wednesday night that Levis had been in a boot all week and was had turf toe or some other ankle injury.
When Jon Hale of the Lexington Herald Leader asked Mark Stoops about his star quarterback on Thursday evening, Stoops became prickly and denied the reports that Will Levis was out. This doesn’t mean much considering how these college football coaches loathe giving updates about players’ injuries and a player isn’t technically out until ruled so by the team.
If it is in fact the case that Levis can’t go, then beating the South Carolina Gamecocks gets more difficult. Kentucky still has a great defense and Chris Rodriguez made a major difference in the Kentucky running game during his debut last week; but the absence of Levis could take away the receivers which are the biggest weapons on Kentucky’s offense.
It appears that true freshman Kaiya Sheron beat out Deuce Hogan for the backup job and he will start at quarterback if Levis cannot play.
Make no mistake: I believe Kentucky will beat South Carolina but the games on the horizon- Mississippi State, Tennessee and Georgia- will present major problems if Will Levis is dealing with a lingering injury.
Tweets of the Day
.@colecubelic tells @finebaum he expects Kentucky QB Will Levis (lower body) to warm up and be a game-time decision vs. South Carolina tomorrow.— Brandon Zimmerman (@BZSEC) October 7, 2022
Mark Stoops told reporters last night that "nobody is out" for Kentucky.
Here’s a rare piece: Adolph Rupp, Joe B. Hall and now John Calipari have signed this drawing of a Wildcat. pic.twitter.com/fpeHpxGKQI— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) October 7, 2022
Interestingly enough I actually have a signed Joe B. Hall Wildcat print.
South Carolina needs more from Spencer Rattler | Cats Pause- The transfer and former five star quarterback has had a disappointing career thus far. He’s sitting on four touchdowns and seven interceptions for the Gamecocks this season.
Shane Beamer praises Wildcats even without Will Levis | Vaught’s Views- Beamer thinks there’s still plenty to worry about against Kentucky even without Levis.
Vaught is referencing our interview with Shane Beamer on Thursday. Really enjoyed talking to the South Carolina head coach. Most of these guys don’t take the time to talk go on the radio for full interviews but this is the second year in a row Beamer joined us. Check it out here:
ICYMI— ESPN Louisville (@ESPN680) October 6, 2022
UK may be without Will Levis this weekend against USC. Regardless, Gamecock HC Shane Beamer and company will be prepared. He joined The Take with @TheOnlySweeney earlier today to discuss how they plan on slowing down The Cats.
FULL INTERVIEW HERE: https://t.co/GoN6f1zUGa pic.twitter.com/Ac9X29XqpA
Can Oscar Tshiebwe repeat as player of the year? | The Athletic- Oscar has bigger aspirations other than individual awards.
By the numbers: Kentucky vs. South Carolina | Cats Illustrated-A deep dive into past and recent numbers.
Week 6 bold predictions | SDS- Actually this prediction isn’t that bold and this is exactly how the game will probably play out if Levis cannot go today.
How to watch UK vs. South Carolina | WDRB- Kentucky has dominated South Carolina during the Stoops era.
MLB road warriors rule Wild Card openers | CBS- The road teams had their day yesterday in the opening day of the Wild Card games.
Looking back: Kentucky | Garnet and Black Attack- A look at notable matchups between Kentucky and South Carolina.
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