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Tag:Derrick Locke Injury
Posted on: October 21, 2010 3:44 pm
Edited on: October 21, 2010 3:46 pm
 

UK's Locke officially out for Georgia game

Posted by Chip Patterson

When Kentucky's leading rusher Derrick Locke left the Auburn game with a stinger, head coach Joker Phillips knew that he would need to get some extra production from backup running back Donald Russell and wide receiver Randall Cobb in order to have a shot against South Carolina.  Russell and Cobb delivered that and much more to help the Wildcats stun the Gamecocks 31-28, their first conference win of the season.  

Both players were threats in the running and passing game, with Russell accumulating 111 yards of total offense while Cobb added 90 yards and the game winning touchdown reception.  Phillips will need to get that kind of production out of them again this week against Georgia, with Locke already being ruled out of Saturday's contest.

Phillips said Thursday Locke is still dealing with pain from a pair of shoulder stingers sustained earlier in the season. However, he is more optimistic about Locke's chances to play when Kentucky travels to Mississippi State on October 30.  The Wildcats were able to win without Locke once, and the fans are hopeful they can do it again.  Georgia's offense looks completely different from the beginning of the season after rattling of two straight 40+ point games.  Kentucky's defense did a phenomenal job shutting down the Gamecocks in the second half, but were lucky to not be behind by more at the break.  

Kentucky's chances are not dead in the SEC.  In fact, it is not out of the question that the SEC East representative in Atlanta may have three conference losses.  But for the Wildcats to even become relevant in the discussion, they need to win every game.  Luckily, they face this renewed Georgia team at home under the lights.  If the fans have forgiven Randall Cobb for his Twitter rant, they will return...and in greater numbers.

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Posted on: October 13, 2010 4:31 pm
Edited on: October 13, 2010 4:34 pm
 

Derrick Locke doubtful against South Carolina

Posted by Chip Patterson

Kentucky came painfully close to stunning the No. 8 Auburn Tigers at home last Saturday, only to have their hearts ripped out by a last minute field goal.  The Wildcats fought till the end, but at the end of the night found themselves still winless in conference play.  Unfortunately for first-year head coach Joker Phillips, that elusive first conference win will be even more difficult to obtain with leading rusher Derrick Locke doubtful for Saturday's matchup with No. 10 South Carolina.  

The senior running back has been the cornerstone of the Wildcats offense, rushing for 574 yards and scoring seven times through the first six games of the season.  The SEC's third-leading rusher suffered a shoulder stinger in the 37-34 loss to Auburn last week, limiting the use of his left arm.  Locke has not been ruled out against the Gamecocks, but Phillips does not sound optimistic.

“If he can’t protect himself, we’re not going to put him out on the field,” Phillips said Wednesday morning.  “He’ll be in the hotel on Friday night...we’ll take him to the hotel and he’ll be part of the 70 that travels. We’ll see how he feels on Saturday morning because (feeling) could come back at any moment, any day, anytime. It could be this afternoon, a week and a half, two weeks, who knows. But we’ve got to put him on the bus.”

If Locke is out, the rushing duties will likely fall in the hands of sophomore Donald Russell and junior wide receiver Randall Cobb.  Cobb was a threat all over the field against the Tigers, rushing for two touchdowns, catching a touchdown pass, and throwing for another.

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