LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky football team had a good day of practice Friday and permanent team captains were elected, but the good news was tempered by the announcement that freshman wide receiver Daryl Collins will miss the 2011 season because of a knee injury.
Collins, a native of Gadsden, Ala., was contending to be a part of the UK wide receiver rotation. He sustained a dislocated kneecap in his right knee. Phillips said that Collins will have surgery on Sept.1 and is expected to use this season as his redshirt year.
“Daryl got hurt a couple of days ago and we were waiting for the evaluation to come back,” Phillips said after practice Friday. “He was right on the verge of whether or not he was going to be able to help us. We were going to continue to work with him and it was going to be hard to make that decision for the first game because we wanted to make sure that he was going to play enough snaps to play. We were going to continue to work him and then maybe two weeks into the season, he has the ability to get a little better feel of the game and could have possibly been in the mix then.”
On a positive note, Phillips was pleased with how his team practiced Friday. Phillips said the Wildcats did some head-to-head work but also practiced well against the scout team.
“We had good work today,” Phillips said. “We got to work together and against each other on offense and defense and then we got going against our scouts and Western Kentucky. It was a good ‘Tuesday’ (format) practice. We have two, Tuesday-type practices, one today and then one tomorrow. We have to use that time wisely to get ready for Western. The next day we will have a Wednesday practice and then two Thursday-type practices. Today was really good work for us and we expect it to be more crisp tomorrow working the same type of practice.”
Phillips also announced that senior offensive lineman Stuart Hines and senior linebacker Danny Trevathan have been elected as the team’s permanent captains for the 2011 season. Phillips will choose two additional game captains each week. Game captains are usually chosen on the basis of performance in the previous game.
Join UK Alumni to Kickoff Wildcat Football Season in Nashville: Join alumni and friends for some pregame fun as the Kentucky Wildcats kick off the 2011 season against the Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers at LP Field on Sept. 1.
The pregame event begins at 5:00 p.m. Central time at Limelight Nashville, located at 201 Woodland St., approximately 100 yards from LP Field. The UK pep band and cheerleaders will make an appearance.
Admission is $8 for UK Alumni Association members who preregister, $10 for nonmembers and event walk-ups, and free for children 12 and under with a paying adult. Specials will be available and free UK items and door prizes will be given away at the event. Reservations can be made at www.ukalumni.net/2011tailgatetour.
This event is hosted by the Greater Nashville UK Alumni Club. For questions about the event, contact Jill Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org, 859-257-8906 or 1-800-269-ALUM.
Fans Encouraged to Donate Blood in “Battle of the Bluegrass”: The Battle of the Bluegrass isn’t just played on the football field. It’s a blood battle between the Cats and the Cards, too.
Kentucky Blood Center’s annual Battle of the Bluegrass runs Aug. 22 through Sept. 2. Donors can give blood and vote for their favorite team – the UK Wildcats or the U of L Cardinals.
All donors receive a T-shirt and a chance to win prizes, including a 2011 Toyota Tacoma.
To find a convenient location or schedule a donation, visit kybloodcenter.org or call 800-775-2522.