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Foot injury to sideline Oregon WR Brenden Schooler for 6-8 weeks

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It wasn’t a very good day for the feet of a couple of starting Power Five wide receivers Tuesday.

First, Kentucky confirmed that Isaiah Epps would be lost for up to six weeks because of a fractured left foot.  Not long after, Oregon confirmed that Brenden Schooler underwent surgery to repair an unspecified injury to one of his feet.

At the short end of the timeline, Schooler would miss the first three games of the regular season against Auburn (Aug. 31), Nevada (Sept. 7) and Montana (Sept. 14).  At the long end, the fourth-year senior would also miss the Sept. 21 matchup with Stanford as a Week 5 bye would put him back for the Oct. 5 game against Cal.

“He’s not only a great player, he’s a great leader,” head coach Mario Cristobal said according to The Oregonian. “I feel terrible for him — we all do. Tremendous human being, off the charts, means a lot to the guys out there. Knowing him, he’s probably trying to squat and run today. He will try to get them back as fast as he can. He will, because he’s that type of guy. He’ll be around because his leadership is going to be needed, his mentorship in that room will be needed. Certainly, it’s a tough one to take because of what he means to this team.”

Schooler totaled 203 yards and a touchdown on 21 receptions.  He’s also valuable in the third phase of the game as he has been named first-team All-Pac-12 for special teams each of the past two seasons.

Kentucky loses starting WR Isaiah Epps for six weeks due to foot fracture

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The first day of summer camp Tuesday brought some unfortunate news to light for what’s expected to be a prominent member of Kentucky’s receiving corps this coming season.

UK offensive coordinator Eddie Gran has confirmed that Isaiah Epps suffered what Gran described as a small fracture in his left foot during that first practice.  The wide receiver has already undergone surgery to have a screw inserted into the foot and is expected to miss six weeks.

If Epps is sidelined for that length of time, he would very likely miss games against Toledo (Aug. 31), Eastern Michigan (Sept. 7) and the SEC opener against Florida (Sept. 14).  He would then return for the Sept. 21 road trip to Mississippi State.

During his first two seasons with the Wildcats, Epps has played in 26 games, starting two of those contests.  Both of those starts came in a 2018 season in which he caught eight passes for 76 yards.  As a true freshman, he totaled 55 yards on four receptions.

Epps has widely been expected to hold down a starting receiver job prior to the injury.