I’m in Indianapolis to cover Louisville’s Midwest Region game tonight against Oregon, but there is good news back home on the Kentucky football front.
At this morning’s spring football scrimmage, UK announced defensive tackle Donte Rumph would undergo shoulder surgery today and should be able to return by fall practice.
While not great, that’s much better information than Wednesday when, after being questioned, new head coach Mark Stoops admitted that Rumph suffered a “fairly significant” injury in Monday’s practice and that the senior-to-be might have to undergo surgery.
Stoops didn’t give any details about the injury, which we are quickly learning is probably style. Given to his old NFL days, former head coach Rich Brooks began every post-game and a lot of post-practice interviews with a detailed injury report. Brooks’ successor, Joker Phillips, was not as forthcoming as Brooks. But if you asked about a specific player, Phillips would more than likely spill the details.
As for Rumph, Stoops said Wednesday that the South Carolina native had been UK’s most “consistent” lineman in the spring. That makes sense since he is the most experienced lineman, a two-year starter who had his best season in 2012.
It also figures that Stoops and defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot, the two men who rebuilt Florida State’s defense, are counting on the defensive line to be the strength of the Kentucky defense.
A depth chart has yet to be released, but Za’Darius Smith, the heralded junior college transfer, figures to start at one end. Bud Dupree, making the transition from linebacker, is believed to be the front-runner at the other end spot. Mister Cobble, like Rumph a senior starter, is probably running first-team at the other tackle spot.
Losing Rumph would have been an early blow. The hope is rehabs well from the surgery and is ready to return in the fall. Stoops needs him.
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