LEXINGTON, Ky. – Coach Rich Brooks said Wednesday that junior cornerback Paul Warford will join senior Trevard Lindley on the sidelines for the South Carolina game, leaving the Wildcats with a lot of inexperience at the key pass coverage positions.
Warford incurred a strained quadriceps muscle Sept. 26 in the Florida game. Lindley sustained an ankle sprain last Saturday vs. Alabama. Sophomore Randall Burden and freshman Martavius Neloms will get the starting nods against South Carolina.
Coach Rich Brooks was philosophical about the situation.
“Hey, you gotta play,” Brooks said. “They’ve been practicing all year, too. We’ve into the fifth game, so there aren’t any more rookies. They can both cover. Neloms, in particular, is a very physical guy.”
The young corners will be challenged by USC quarterback Stephen Garcia, who is enjoying a fine season for the No. 25-ranked Gamecocks.
“Garcia has had a very good year so far,” Brooks said. “He’s throwing the ball well. He’s very active. What he’s been doing more than pulling it down and running is pulling down and scrambling and finding the guy open and really hurting the defense that way. He’s had his eyes downfield while scrambling so we have to do a good job in our rush lanes.”
Brooks also noted that offensive tackle Justin Jeffries was held out of practice because of his sore Achilles tendon and linebacker Danny Trevathan missed practice because of flu-like symptoms.
Kentucky travels to South Carolina for Saturday’s game, televised at 12:30 p.m. by multiple affiliates on the Fox Sports Network (see below).
Additional TV Affiliates for South Carolina Game: The Kentucky at South Carolina game will be televised live on several Fox Sports Network regional affiliates, including:
Fox Sports South
Fox Sports Southwest
Fox Sports Houston
Prime Ticket (California)
In addition, there will be two delayed telecasts – Fox Sports Midwest on Sun. Oct. 11 at 1 p.m. Central time and Fox Sports Arizona on Sun Oct. 11 at 3 p.m. Pacific time.
“Cat Walk” Set for 10:15: Fans wishing to participate in the “Cat Walk,” cheering the Wildcats when they enter Williams-Brice Stadium on Saturday, should be at Gate One of Commonwealth Stadium at 10:15 am.