Wide receiver Jeff Badet was an instant impact freshman last season for the Kentucky Wildcats. Badet finished third on the team with 22 receptions and 285 receiving yards. But Badet has been slowed by a leg injury as the Wildcats prepare for the upcoming campaign. And the sophomore suffered a freak injury Tuesday.
Badet took a tennis ball to the eye while working to improve his hand-eye coordination, according to Kentucky.com’s Jennifer Smith.
The severity of the injury isn’t currently known, and the team isn’t sure exactly when Badet will be able to practice again.
“We’ll see how serious that is in the next…well really we won’t know for about a week on that,” Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops told Smith.
The sooner Badet can get back in the lineup, the better. The program emphasized an improvement in it’s passing game during camp. Badet’s absence will not help the team build chemistry between its quarterbacks and the wide receivers.
“Mark Stoops said the ‘dropback’ game looked better,” John Clay of Kentucky.com reported. “Offensive coordinator Neal Brown said the passing game still needs work and would get a lot of work over the next week.”
With Badet out of the lineup for the foreseeable future, it’s an opportunity for Kentucky’s talented freshman receivers — Thaddeus Snodgrass (Springfield, Ohio/Springfield), Dorian Baker (Cleveland, Ohio/Cleveland Heights) and Blake Bone (Woodruff, S.C./Woodruff) — to get more repetitions during practice and potentially produce during the season.
Rutgers wide receiver Leonte Carroo could have a charge of simple assault dropped by a New Jersey court today. The woman he is accused of slamming to the concrete has agreed to drop the restraining order request and has asked the assault charge against the Rutgers receiver be dropped as well. NJ.com reports today the woman and Carroo each appeared in a family court on Tuesday, and the woman told the judge she is not scared of Carroo.
So, what does this mean for football? Simply put, it means Carroo may be eligible to play again as soon as this weekend. That would be good timing, as Rutgers is set to host Michigan State this Saturday night.
Carroo has been sitting out while serving an indefinite suspension while this legal process plays out. Carroo has missed each of the last two games for Rutgers, against Penn State and Kansas. Rutgers was off this past weekend. If this legal process does play out as it is expected at this point, Carroo could be reinstated quickly and promptly, making him eligible to return right away. Carroo is one fo the best players on the roster, so having him back and eligible to play is very good news for the Scarlet Knights offense.
The recent flooding in the state of South Carolina has brought many dangers and concerns much more important than football with it, but this being a college football-focused website we must dive into the connection real life issues have with the sport from time to time. South Carolina is scheduled to host LSU in Columbia this Saturday, and that still appears to be the plan. Alternate plans have been discussed though, just in case they will be needed as the week unfolds.
The very concept of moving a college football game to another stadium is indeed a rare situation. It is not, however, completely without precedent. The 1942 Rose Bowl between Duke and Oregon State (my how the times have changed) was moved from Pasadena, California across the country to be played in Durham, North Carolina. This was out of fear of the west coast being attacked during World War II though. LSU’s Tiger Stadium has served as a home football stadium for a weather-related event in the past as well. The New Orleans Saints played four games in Baton Rouge after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and forced the Saints to play the entire 2005 season on the road.
Today is only Tuesday, so there is still some time to make sure Williams-Brice Stadium and the surrounding area is suitable for hosting the SEC contest this weekend. Odds are the game will be able to be played as scheduled, but safety for fans and teams involved is always the priority.