Kentucky lost running back Derrick Locke
for the season when an MRI showed torn knee ligaments Monday, a
week after the Wildcats lost receiver Dicky Lyons Jr. to a similar
And Locke's not the only injured starter for Kentucky. Defensive
tackle Myron Pryor and linebacker Micah Johnson are hobbled by high
"Not good news on the injury front," coach Rich Brooks said.
That just makes Saturday's already daunting challenge against
Heisman winner Tim Tebow and the Florida Gators in The Swamp even
"They're a team that has as much speed and talent as any team
in our conference, which means any team in the country," he said.
The remaining schedule isn't kind to Kentucky (5-2, 2-1 SEC),
with matchups against Mississippi State, Georgia, Vanderbilt and
Tennessee still to go. The good news is Kentucky now needs just one
more win to become eligible for a third straight bowl game after
squeaking out a 21-20 comeback victory over Arkansas Saturday.
"You can't help but think if it went the other way what a big
blow it would be for the season," said quarterback Mike Hartline,
who threw two fourth-quarter TDs to Randall Cobb. "You look at 4-3
and 5-2, and it's just an incredible difference for a team that
needs to make a bowl game."