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Stoops: Kentucky’s Edwards taken to hospital but is expected to fully recover

Kentucky safety Mike Edwards intercepts a pass and returns it for a touchdown in the second half. The University of Kentucky hosted Charlotte, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015 at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington.
Kentucky safety Mike Edwards intercepts a pass and returns it for a touchdown in the second half. The University of Kentucky hosted Charlotte, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015 at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington.

Kentucky starting safety Mike Edwards had a scare this week in spring practice, suffering an undisclosed injury that forced the sophomore to be transported to UK Hospital by ambulance on Tuesday.

“Fortunately, everything checked out and we expect him to be back at some point this summer,” Coach Mark Stoops said Thursday, noting that Edwards was released later that night. “He will not play in the spring game, but there was an injury. That’s all I really want to comment on it. But he will be OK.”

The 6-foot safety from Cincinnati had 39 tackles in his first season, including 36 of those in the final six games of 2015. He finished with six or more tackles in every game but one in the last part of the season. Edwards also had two tackles for loss, two pass breakups and one interception.

Edwards’ evolution was discussed a few times this spring.

“I’ve seen more maturity from him this year in the fact he communicates better,” defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot recently said of Edwards. “He’s more aware of situations. He’s assignment-sound. He’s emphasizing on his technique.

“He’s always been a good athlete. Last year he was a good athlete and a good player for us, but now I see him improving as an overall player. He looked better on all the little fine details of being a DB.”

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