For the second consecutive weekend, Kentucky will be forced to deal with the loss of two starters on the defensive side of the ball.
Head coach Joker Phillips announced that junior defensive end/linebacker Ridge Wilson (pictured) and junior defensive back Martavius Neloms will not play against Tennessee Saturday. Wilson injured his shoulder Nov. 5 against Ole Miss and will actually miss his third game in a row to close out the season, while Neloms injured his ankle in the Nov. 12 to Vanderbilt.
Wilson had started the first nine games of the season and, despite missing the last two games, is fifth on the team with 47 tackles and tied for second with two sacks. Neloms started the first 10 games and is still third in tackles with 71.
True freshman Alvin Dupree started the last two games in place of Wilson, and has responded with a sack in each contest. Fellow true freshman Ashely Lowery started for Neloms against Georgia last weekend. Both are expected to get the starting nod against the Vols.