At least for this week, Kentucky will be without its star running back.
Coach Mark Stoops announced Monday that Boom Williams has an elbow injury and will not play at Georgia on Saturday, but his injury does not appear so severe that it would keep him out the rest of the season.
"It will be week-to-week, but he is out right now," Stoops said of Williams, who leads the Cats with 85 carries for 563 yards and three touchdowns in seven games this season.
UK's latest depth chart lists Mikel Horton as the top back after his 14 carries for 109 yards versus Tennessee, with Jojo Kemp and freshman Sihiem King behind him.
Horton was a bright spot in an otherwise dismal night for Kentucky (4-4, 2-4 Southeastern Conference) against the Volunteers.
"I wish we'd just gone to some of our power running game earlier because we did have success against them without going sideways and getting behind the chains too much," Stoops said. "Just running it, some tough yards, we did that at some point in the game."
The game plan doesn't change much with Horton in place of Williams, Stoops said, with the exception of "certain plays, certain things we do to create space for Boom and his skill set."
Georgia is eighth in the SEC in rushing defense, giving up 138 yards a game and 3.63 yards a carry.
Kentucky is averaging 142.6 yards a game on the ground, second from the bottom of the league in front of Missouri (100.5).
Special teams misses
After a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown followed by an 84-yard punt return for a score, there were myriad questions about the UK special teams unit and what went wrong Saturday.
"I have 100 percent confidence in what we're doing on the coverage units," Stoops said Monday. "The guys have been busting their tails. Guys are flying around and covering well and take pride in that kickoff unit."
The kickoff return resulted from an errant kick by Austin MacGinnis and one player on the coverage team going the wrong way, Stoops said.
"When it's a low line-drive kick, we're in trouble," Stoops said of MacGinnis, who has been battling a groin strain. "I think it was a 3.1 hang (time). To a guy that can run and to guys that can block, we had one guy get out of position and then the rest is history."
On the punt return, Kentucky did not get a great kick and had some other problems.
"We did have a couple of guys who will be challenged today in the meeting that didn't produce like we need them to," Stoops continued. "We need guys who have a very strong burning desire to get to the football. Across the board I felt like we had that in this game, that's not the issue, but on this particular play there will be some guys who will be called out. I'm not going to get into who it is."
Injuries, depth chart notes
True freshman cornerback Derrick Baity has taken over the top spot at cornerback in front of Kendall Randolph or multi-year starter Cody Quinn. Redshirt freshman safety Mike Edwards is listed ahead of senior A.J. Stamps.
When asked if he was going all in on playing youth in the secondary, Stoops was quick to defend his veteran players.
"Cody's battled his tail off for us and he still needs to do that, and will do that. I have a lot of respect for Cody and the work he's done.
"A.J. (Stamps), all those guys, they work their tail off and they're a big part of our program. They're doing the very best they can. They'll all continue to play. Based on results you have to go with who's producing."
■ Stoops confirmed that backup quarterback Drew Barker was not able to play against Tennessee because of a shoulder injury sustained the week before. But he should be fine to practice and play this week if needed. Asked whether he would have played Barker on Saturday, Stoops balked.
"I really can't even answer that because he wasn't," Stoops said. "I don't know. I didn't think about it."
■ Senior Khalid Henderson moved ahead of Ryan Flannigan on the depth chart, but they still have an "or" between them at the weakside linebacker spot. Henderson had four tackles, including two for loss and an interception in the Tennessee loss.
■ Joey Herrick, who has been a key contributor on special teams, is out for the Georgia game with a bone bruise. "We're glad it was not a more significant knee injury," Stoops said.
■ Safety Darius West is still battling an ankle injury and is questionable for this week.
"We're hoping he can play this week," Stoops said. "I'll let you know more as the week goes on, but we anticipate he'll be out there.
"Again, just like a lot of those guys that are in there, they're practicing, it's how effective they are. A lot of that goes down to game time and how effective they are moving around in the game and in pregame."
■ Freshman offensive lineman George Asafo-Adjei has an undisclosed injury and will practice at some point this week, Stoops said. He did not practice Monday.
Time set for UK-Vandy
UK's Southeastern Conference finale on Nov. 14 at Vanderbilt will kick off at 4 p.m. EST, the league announced Monday.
The game, to be played in Nashville, Tenn., will be televised live on the SEC Network.