Mikel Horton was on the Kentucky bench and had no idea where he was.
The running back had no idea how he got there. He didn't remember his 8-yard touchdown run or the funky end zone celebration in front of the South Carolina students a few minutes before.
"They said I scored," Horton recalled. "Now I know I scored, but at the time I didn't even know I scored. I just remember the offense being on the field, and I wasn't on the field. I was like, 'Why am I still sitting down?'"
Horton, a 6-foot-1, 226-pound sophomore, had never had a concussion before. The fear took over.
"I started getting emotional and everything, so I was like, this is a scary moment for me," he said.
Horton struggled to gain his composure. "He was crying and it really scared him," running backs coach Chad Scott recalled.
After starting the season in such a promising way with the go-ahead touchdown against Louisiana-Lafayette and then the score at South Carolina, Horton worried each time he touched the ball.
The sophomore's next 30 carries went for 57 yards.
"I didn't let that go," he said of the hit in the first quarter against the Gamecocks. "I wasn't making the team better. I was making myself worse emotionally and mentally."
Coaches knew he wasn't himself.
"He got dinged up a little bit and kind of took him downhill a little bit, kind of lost his confidence and lost his way a little bit," Scott said of Horton, who had worked all summer and spring to reshape his body after his freshman season when he ran for 306 yards and two touchdowns.
Horton lost after the injury. The coaches had tried to bring him back slowly, talk him into getting comfortable back on the field and making the plays he used to make effortlessly.
"You could tell mentally and physically he was a little off," Coach Mark Stoops said.
There was nothing anyone else could say or do. Horton had to have a little talk with himself.
"I was just fed up with myself," Horton said on Tuesday. "I sat down and thought about a lot of stuff. Like, not what other people think about me, but how am I going to leave a legacy here? Am I going to be a guy that took the back seat and just was here as a role player? That's not me."
When his name was called to go into the game against Tennessee on Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium, he was determined to put the fears behind him, to be a football player again.
In relief of sophomore starter Boom Williams — who is doubtful for the Georgia game on Saturday with an elbow injury — Horton made some big plays.
He ran for a career high 109 yards on 14 carries, nearly eight yards a carry, considerably more than the 1.9 yards he'd been averaging in the previous handful of games.
In that Tennessee game last week, Scott saw Horton lower his shoulder to take a hit. He stayed on his feet through the contact.
"I think that gave him confidence right there," Scott said. "I saw that after that first run. He came off the field, he said, 'I'm in. I'm good. I'm good.'
Horton is trying to use the injury, the helplessness he's felt as a jumping off point to a strong final few games of the season.
"I took it as a learning situation to play smarter," he continued. "That's why I had so many opportunities on Saturday to bust some long ones; instead of just plunging into somebody, be smart, attack half a man and just be smart with the way I run and it helped me a lot.
"I feel back to normal."
His coaches and teammates need him to be on Saturday at Georgia.
"I'm anxious to see how he does this week because I thought he really filled in well last week when Boom went down," Stoops said. "I'm anxious to see him be the guy this week, and get the bulk of the carries."
Never one to lack confidence, Horton seemed back to his old self with the media on Tuesday night. He has big goals in these final few games of the season.
"I know my abilities, and I've seen the big backs do a lot," he said, mentioning Alabama's Derrick Henry and Louisiana State's Leonard Fournette. "I've seen that they make a big impact in the SEC. That's the type of running back I am, and that's what I had to tell myself."