LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky football head coach Joker Phillips announced after practice Wednesday that Kentucky starting defensive end Collins Ukwu, who has missed the past three games because of injury, has been cleared to play against Jacksonville State on Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium.
Phillips said although Ukwu has been cleared to play, he doesn’t anticipate the junior seeing too much playing time. Ukwu did practice Wednesday, but only participated in individual drills and saw no time in team drills.
“We will probably use him sparingly or if it is an emergency,” Phillips said. “He just went through individuals today and didn’t do much team work. He looked good during the individual stuff and we will see if he swells, but Jim (Madaleno) thinks he will be cleared to play. Again, he is a guy that is a really, really violent pass rusher that we have missed out there on the edge.”
Kentucky returns to the practice fields on Thursday to complete its preparation for the matchup with Jacksonville State on Saturday at Noon ET.
Former Wildcat Artose Pinner to Greet Fans at Keeneland: Former University of Kentucky football great Artose Pinner will be on hand to sign autographs and help celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Keeneland at Seeblue Day on Friday, Oct. 21, at Keeneland Race Course.
General admission into Keeneland will be free to UK students, faculty and staff who show a valid UK ID, while UK Alumni Association members will also be give free admission. The first 200 UK Alumni Association members who show their membership card at the UK Alumni Association table outside the gift shop will receive a free gift.
Fans can purchase a commemorative UK/Keeneland 75th Anniversary hat and have it signed by Pinner along with other memorabilia. Proceeds will benefit DanceBlue.
The event is part of Homecoming Week for the Kentucky football team. For complete details for Homecoming 2011, visit www.ukhomecoming.com.
Pinner was a four-year letterwinner at running back for the Wildcats from 1999-2002. Pinner had an incredible senior season in 2002, when he rushed 283 times for 1,414 yards – second-highest total in a single season in school history – and 13 touchdowns. Pinner currently ranks seventh all-time on Kentucky’s career rushing list with 2,105 yards and 17 touchdowns. The native of Hopkinsville, Ky., earned 224 rushing yards against Vanderbilt in 2002, which is the sixth-most rushing yards by one player in one game in school history.
Pinner played five years in the National Football League with the Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings and Atlanta Falcons.