LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky head football coach Rich Brooks confirmed Friday after practice that wide receiver Aaron Boyd (Lexington, Ky.) will redshirt this season.
Boyd, who caught five balls for 46 yards a year ago as a freshman, can practice with the team and participate in team activities, but he will not play in any games in 2009. He'll return to the field in 2010 as a redshirt sophomore.
Brooks said they reached the decision two or three days ago.
Asked how he thinks a redshirt year will benefit Boyd, Brooks said his maturity, understanding and level of commitment that needs to be made and what has to be done to play at this level.
"He played a lot last year, so he understands what he didn't do well and what he needs to do better," Brooks said. "He was doing better this year but then he missed a week, and he had a slight AC (shoulder separation) that kept him out a few days and limited him a little bit. So it just makes sense with the progress of the other receivers that we get him redshirted this year and in hindsight it might have been wise to have had him a year ago."
Senior linebacker Micah Johnson (Ft. Campbell, Ky.) strained his foot Thursday in practice during a pass rush drill and did not practice Friday. Brooks said he is day-to-day and will not scrimmage Saturday. X-rays came back negative, but Johnson admits he is a little concerned with the first game of the season just a week away.
"I am a little concerned just because of how sore it is right now," Johnson said. "I really couldn't walk in a shoe that good. I had to get a boot today. Hopefully after the weekend, maybe Monday, it'll start to lighten up and feel a lot better."
Also, Brooks said wide receiver Randall Cobb (Alcoa, Tenn.) is back to normal and looking very good, and sophomore offensive lineman Jake Lanefski (Mobile, Ala.) returned to the practice field for his first full day of practice Friday. Lanefski is coming off knee surgery after tearing cartilage in his knee.
"He's fine, knock on wood, if (his knee) doesn't swell again tomorrow like it didn't swell from the activity he did yesterday," Brooks said. "My assumption is he is going to be fine and ready to go."