Game day: Kentucky 20, Florida 13
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Kentucky nose guard Marquan McCall was knocked out of the Wildcats game against Florida No.10 in the first quarter on Saturday night.
McCall, who had just won a star effort in last weekend’s win in South Carolina, was attempting to make a tackle down the field in the first play of the Gators’ second possession when he fell awkwardly into a teammate. The senior lineman immediately signaled to the Kentucky bench that he needed help. After spending a few minutes on the ground, he hobbled the pitch with the help of British coaches.
With McCall out of the game, Florida scored on possession to take a 7-0 lead.
McCall immediately went to the injury tent in the UK and coaches rewound his left ankle. He was originally expected to be able to return to the game, but he was demoted to ‘questionable’ at the start of the second quarter. The game was tied at 7 at that time.
Florida led 10-7 at halftime and McCall was not in uniform during the second half as he wore a walking boot on his left foot. The Wildcats eventually prevailed, beating the Gators 20-13 to claim a victory over Florida at Lexington for the first time since 1986.
The 6-foot-3, 379-pound McCall is a key part of the Kentucky defense and was a third-team All-SEC preseason selection in the annual college football yearbook Phil Steele. He started three games as a junior last season and is one of Britain’s top-ranked rookies in recent years.
McCall recorded just one tackle last weekend, but his effort to anchor the South Carolina defense midfielder was arguably his best game as the Wildcat. The UK won the game, 16-10, and the Gamecocks only gained 216 yards in the contest.
This story was originally published 2 October 2021 6:52 pm.