Kentucky quarterback Mike Hartline will
miss the rest of the regular season to receive surgery on his
injured knee, coach Rich Brooks said Sunday.
The junior quarterback was featured in the Wildcats 24-13 win
over Vanderbilt on Saturday, throwing 2-of-6 for 10 yards and an
interception. Brooks said the pace of the game agitated a knee
injury Hartline picked up five weeks ago enough to warrant
"When the game started flying as fast as it did, (the knee)
just wasn't functioning correctly," Brooks said.
Hartline had started the Wildcats' first five games of the
season before injuring the knee in a loss at South Carolina. After
weeks of rehabilitation, he returned to practice last week to prep
for the Vanderbilt game.
Brooks had hoped to use Hartline as a backup to Morgan Newton
for the rest of the season.
The coach added that he will continue using a quarterback
rotation of Newton and receiver Randall Cobb running a spread
offense. Cobb will likely get 10 to 20 snaps in the remaining
games, Brooks said, after running for 99 yards and two touchdowns
"We're definitely using (Cobb) a lot more than we thought,"
Brooks said. The Wildcats punished the Commodores on the ground,
running for 308 total yards.
Brooks said he is pleased with the freshman Newton, despite his
"He certainly managed the line of scrimmage very well," Brooks
said. "Hes gotten better and better in practice each week, and
now hell have to show it against another really good team."
The Wildcats (6-4, 2-4 Southeastern Conference) look to improve
their post season status at Georgia (6-4, 4-3) on Saturday in what
Brooks describes as a very tough test against an underrated team.
"Their numbers dont tell the story of their speed and
talent," Brooks said. "If we expect to have any chance against
them, we need to throw better."