The Kentucky offense might be without one of its top weapons against No. 10 South Carolina on Saturday.
Senior tailback Derrick Locke suffered a stinger on his left side in Saturday night's 37-34 loss to Auburn and is listed as questionable by Coach Joker Phillips.
"He's got some really bad stinger issues," Phillips said. "Right now, if we had to play, looking at it, I'd say probably not."
A 'stinger' involves a stretch or compression of the brachial plexus (a complex system of nerves that involves the back, neck, shoulders, and arms). Stingers usually occur when a player's shoulder pad gets pushed against his neck, putting pressure on the nerves and often causing pain down the arm or arms. The recovery time usually varies.
Locke was injured on UK's first possession of the second half when he picked up 3 yards on a third-and-12 draw play. Phillips said Locke is also dealing with a stinger on his right side as a result of a vicious collision with Mississippi defensive back Brishen Matthews in the Cats' previous game. Matthews suffered a concussion on the play and did not return. Locke also bruised an elbow against Auburn.
Locke leads UK with 574 rushing yards and seven touchdowns, and he's seventh in the Football Bowl Subdivision in all-purpose yards (174.7).
"He's a little banged up," Phillips said. "We've got to try and get him healthy. If not, we've got to go with one of the two young guys."
Sophomore Donald Russell started the season as the backup but was supplanted by true freshman Raymond Sanders the week of the Auburn game. However, Russell was the more effective runner Saturday, finishing with 32 yards on nine carries while Sanders carried four times for two yards. Russell also had two receptions for 19 yards. Phillips did not indicate who would start if Locke can't play.
"We needed him to go into the game and give us a spark, and he did," Phillips said of Russell. "He ran physical. I was really excited to see him do what he did (Saturday) in such a big game."
South Carolina kickoff at 6
Saturday's UK-South Carolina game will kick off at 6 p.m. and be televised on ESPN2. The Arkansas-Auburn game will be the 3:30 CBS telecast.
Cobb wins award
Randall Cobb was named the National Wide Receiver/Running Back of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards after compiling 201 all-purpose yards in the loss to Auburn.
Cobb threw a touchdown pass, caught a touchdown pass and ran for two touchdowns, becoming the first UK player to run, pass and throw for a score in the same game since Shane Boyd accomplished the feat against Ohio in 2003.
Another career high for Trevathan
Junior linebacker Danny Trevathan had a career-high 17 tackles against Auburn, surpassing the 15 he had last weekend at Ole Miss. Trevathan's 17 tackles are the most since Wesley Woodyard had 17 against Arkansas in 2007.