Three days before Kentucky opens its 2018 football season at home against Central Michigan, this week’s UK Sports Mailbag is heavy with questions about Mark Stoops’ Wildcats:
Question one from email: “Landon Young’s injury seems devastating to UK’s chances this fall. My initial reaction was ‘This will cost UK one and maybe two victories they were counting on.’ I don’t have any particular games in mind. It just seems that his absence cuts out a lot of the team’s strength.
“My impression is that Young is not only exceptionally able, but he provides a lot of leadership. Am I right, or am I overreacting?”
— Signed, Lamenting Landon’s Loss
Mark’s reply: I think you are overreacting a bit. We don’t really know how the loss of Landon Young, to a torn ACL in his left knee, will affect the UK season. After all, we’ve never seen either of the guys vying to replace him as Kentucky’s starting left tackle play in a college game.
Obviously, having an experienced left tackle like Young would be better as Kentucky breaks in a new starting quarterback, Terry Wilson, who has never played in an FBS game.
Kentucky does, however, still have four returning starters on its offensive line. So we’ll just have to see how impactful the loss of Landon Young turns out to be.
Actually, the guy whose loss to a medical issue will, I suspect, hurt Kentucky the most in 2018 is sophomore defensive tackle Josh Paschal.
The Olney, Md., product is out indefinitely while being treated for a malignant melanoma on a foot.