It appears Braylon Heard won’t be able to back-up his breakout performance of a week ago, at least not immediately.
Following practice Thursday, head coach Mark Stoops reiterated that the running back will likely not play in Kentucky’s game Saturday against Ohio, although the door hasn’t been completely closed. It’s believed Heard tweaked his ankle on the second of two long touchdown runs in the opener against Tennessee-Martin.
“Like I said yesterday, he’s questionable,” the coach said. “More than likely will not play. He tried to get out there today, run around a little bit, so we’ll see. Maybe he’ll heal up.
“I’m not trying to hold anything. It’s just the way I feel right now and the way he looks right now it’s questionable.”
With the SEC opener against Florida looming next weekend, it would make sense for the coaching staff to err on the side of caution when it comes to one of its most dynamic and explosive players on the offensive side of the ball.
In the 59-14 season-opening win over the FCS program, Heard rushed for a career-high 116 yards… on just two carries. Both of those carries also resulted in touchdowns, one from 73 yards out and the other from 43.