Kentucky safety Darius West likely will miss the Tennessee game and perhaps a couple more after injuring his ankle at Mississippi State.
“Darius is a little dinged up,” Coach Mark Stoops said of West. “He’ll be out for more than likely this game and maybe a couple. I don’t know. We’ll see, but he’s got an ankle sprain.”
West saw his first significant game action on Saturday and was in there for much of the second half with fellow redshirt freshman safety Mike Edwards.
West’s injury and Edwards’ improved play led to some changes on the UK depth chart.
Marcus McWilson being listed at his regular safety spot, but with Blake McClain at the backup spot now.
The starter at the other safety spot is nlisted as senior safety A.J. Stamps or Edwards, who had a career-best seven tackles on Saturday.
Another starter, cornerback Cody Quinn, also has an “or” next to his top spot with the senior or true freshman Derrick Baity.
When asked about the changes in the secondary, Stoops said: “At some point when you invest thousands and thousands of reps in maybe somebody who’s not making plays, maybe you’ve got to move on to the next guy and invest thousands of reps in him and see if he can make at least 50 percent. So, that’s really across the board: it’s about production.”
It wasn’t just about the Quinn spot, either, Stoops said.
“You’re never going to be entitled to anything just because you’ve been around or anything like that,” he said. “You’ve got to earn your job every week, and that’s just the way it is.”