Mark Stoops has made up his mind, and he won’t budge. So, when asked on Thursday about quarterback Will Levis’s health heading into Saturday’s game against South Carolina, the Kentucky football coach relied on precedent and didn’t say anything about his QB.
If someone is out, Stoops will let you know, as per his protocol. In other words, “I don’t have anyone out. I’d let you know if I was looking into someone. However, that does not guarantee that Levis will participate. It was only Thursday, Stoops reminded us, and “I don’t know anybody that can forecast the future.”
The betting line for Saturday’s game shifted significantly on Thursday due to reports that Levis would miss the game due to an ankle injury in addition to the suspected dislocated finger on his left, non-throwing hand. This was reported during the broadcast of the UK’s loss against Ole Miss last Saturday.
Kentucky quarterback Will Levis remained in the game after a gruesome finger injury https://t.co/SZef0ZWVtq
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) October 1, 2022
Jones, who was hurt last week against Ole Miss, is “very uncertain” to play on Saturday, but both linebackers, J.J. Weaver and Jacquez Jones have not been ruled out. After getting hurt against Youngstown State in the first quarter on September 17, Weaver has been sidelined ever since.
Mark Stoops asked about Will Levis hand injury suffered against Ole Miss:
“How would your finger be if it was sideways and you put it back in?”
— SEC Mike (@MichaelWBratton) October 4, 2022
However, Levis presents the greatest uncertainty. Levis is ranked third among quarterbacks and seventh overall in NFL Draft prospect rankings. He has thrown for 1,405 yards and 12 touchdowns while only throwing four interceptions so far this year. His quarterback rating of 174.92 places him ninth among FBS passers.
Between 2018 and 2020, Levis studied at Penn State. After sitting out his rookie season, he spent years two and three as Sean Clifford’s backup. In his 2019 debut against Rutgers, he threw for 81 yards, one touchdown, and an interception while also rushing for 108 yards on 8-of-14 passing.
In his career at Penn State, he was 61-of-102 passing for 644 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions. He also scored six touchdowns on the ground while rushing for 473 yards.
In 2021, after earning his bachelor’s degree in finance from Penn State’s Smeal College of Business in May, Levis decided to continue his education at the University of Kentucky. He began the year as the team’s starting quarterback, and in his debut, he threw for 367 yards and four touchdowns.
Levis started all 13 games for Kentucky, passing for 2,827 yards on 233 of 353 attempts and 24 touchdowns while also rushing for 376 yards on 107 attempts. It was under Levis’s direction that the team defeated No. 15 Iowa in the 2022 Citrus Bowl.