The elbow injury to University of Kentucky running back Boom Williams looked gruesome at first, but the sophomore is recovering quickly, his position coach said Tuesday night.
UK’s leading rusher has been upgraded from week to week to day to day, Chad Scott said.
“It initially looked really, really bad and now it’s gotten to the point where they’re saying it’s day to day, and he’s moving around a whole lot better,” the running backs coach said. “The pain isn’t as bad as it was before. I think it’s day to day.”
On Wednesday’s Southeastern Conference coaches teleconference, Coach Mark Stoops said UK is preparing as if Williams won’t be available for the Georgia game Saturday, listing him as doubtful, but couched it with “we’ll see how the week progresses.”
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Losing a player like Williams is a big blow.
“It’s one of the guys we have — that’s the issue when you’re playing these talented SEC teams is they still have some guys that can hit the home run all the time — and Boom was certainly one of the few guys that we have that we feel are complete game changers and can hit the big play,” Stoops said. “Boom was a big-play guy for us, and we’re going to have to have somebody else step up.”
Barker healed up, ready to go
Backup quarterback Drew Barker confirmed that he was unable to practice last week because of a shoulder sprain.
“It progressed pretty quickly, but the first few days, I couldn’t move it or anything,” the redshirt freshman said of the injury.
Barker’s short passes on the sideline before the Tennessee game were his first of the week. He was able to go through a full practice on Tuesday and said he’s back to 100 percent.