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Kentucky nickel back McClain to miss Georgia game; Barker hurts knee

Kentucky cornerback Blake McClain put a big hit on Louisiana-Monroe receiver Tyler Cain, jarring the ball loose, during the Wildcats' 48-14 win on Oct. 11. McClain will sit out Saturday's game against Georgia after injuring his shoulder in Kentucky's loss to Missouri.
Kentucky cornerback Blake McClain put a big hit on Louisiana-Monroe receiver Tyler Cain, jarring the ball loose, during the Wildcats' 48-14 win on Oct. 11. McClain will sit out Saturday's game against Georgia after injuring his shoulder in Kentucky's loss to Missouri. Herald-Leader

Kentucky will be without starting nickel back Blake McClain when it faces Georgia on Saturday.

The sophomore, who has started seven games this season and 18 in his career, injured his shoulder in the opening minutes of the Cats' loss at Missouri last week.

Coach Mark Stoops said Thursday that he's hopeful McClain will return next week at Tennessee.

True freshman Kendall Randolph played in McClain's place last week and did some "good things," Stoops said.

"He'll play well. It hurts a little bit, because they both played in certain dime packages. (McClain's) a good football player; he's got some good experience. We'll miss him, but Kendall will step in and play well."

■ Quarterback Drew Barker, who is being redshirted this season, injured his knee in practice Tuesday but should be fine, Stoops said. The coaches don't anticipated that he'll need surgery.

■ Tight end Steven Borden will miss his third straight game with an undisclosed injury, Stoops said. "He tried to come back and he was close and it just kind of reaggravated a little bit."

JENNIFER SMITH

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