LEXINGTON, Ky. – Five defensive starters – tackle Myron Pryor, linebackers Braxton Kelley, Johnny Williams and Micah Johnson, and cornerback David Jones -- missed practice Tuesday morning because of injuries, Coach Rich Brooks announced after the morning workout at the Nutter Training Facility.
Brooks confirmed that Pryor will miss Saturday’s game at Florida as he recovers from a high-ankle sprain incurred during Saturday’s win over Arkansas. The other players’ availability for the game vs. the Gators is “questionable to doubtful,” according to the coach. In addition, free safety Marcus McClinton missed approximately half of Tuesday’s practice while he recovers from injury.
Pryor has been a commanding presence in the middle of the Wildcat defense. The senior from Louisville, Ky., has 20 tackles this season and leads Kentucky in tackles for loss (7.5) and quarterback sacks (3.5). Ricky Lumpkin, a sophomore from Clarksville, Tenn., is expected to get the start in Pryor’s place. He has made 10 tackles this season, including 2.5 for loss.
The absences are tough blows for the Wildcat defense, which will be challenged by a Gator attack that leads the Southeastern Conference with 38.5 points per game.