The Kentucky Wildcats have indeed lost punter Colin Goodfellow to a season-ending injury, head coach Mark Stoops revealed Monday. The sixth-year senior’s college, and likely football career, has come to an end.
Redshirt freshman Wilson Berry will be Kentucky’s punter for the remainder of the season.
Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops says punter Colin Goodfellow did sustain a season-ending injury on the punt late in the Missouri game. Sad for him, but also feels good to see all the support coming in from UK fans, recognizing that he sacrificed himself for the team.— Jeff Drummond (@JDrumUK) November 7, 2022
Goodfellow really did give it his all.
By game’s end, UK would lose another key player to injury, this one being to punter Colin Goodfellow.
In the final minutes, Goodfellow was able to recover a high snap on a punt, gather the ball and just barely punt it away while getting drilled by a Missouri defender. That drew a 15-yard personal foul that gave UK a fresh set of downs to run more clock out.
After the play, Goodfellow was down on the field in obvious pain and had to be carted off the field. UK would then be forced to punt with about a minute left, and it was backup Wilson Berry who came in to make the kick and pin the Tigers deep in their own territory.
Following the game, head coach Mark Stoops revealed that Goodfellow was hurt pretty badly, though he wouldn’t say what the exact injury was.
Stoops says Colin Goodfellow is "hurt bad." It feels like that game-saving vs. Missouri play might be the last we see of him in 2022.— Nick Roush (@RoushKSR) November 5, 2022
While Goodfellow’s injury may cost him the rest of the season, quarterback Will Levis continues to gut through multiple injuries, including a sprained left shoulder and turf toe. While he continues to play, it’s been pretty clear recently that he’s not close to 100%.
After the game, Levis said he’s about “75% healthy” right now.
According to offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello, Levis isn’t even practicing at full speed while he continues to wear a walking boot when off the field. That’s also limiting how much running UK allows Levis to do.
Really underrated issue in Levis/the offense struggling: the staff intentionally limiting his running early to try to keep him healthy and now by necessity because he’s not healthy.— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) November 5, 2022
Had almost 1,000 career rushing yards coming in. Minus-100 this year. Tough removing that threat. https://t.co/glJsryANV5
Up next, UK will play host to Vanderbilt next Saturday at noon on the SEC Network. We should expect to see Levis give it a go, but don’t count on Goodfellow being out there, as the sixth-year senior and former walk-on may have very well played his last down as a Wildcat.