Mark Stoops reacts to Kentucky player tearing ACL celebrating touchdown
Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday November 04, 2013
Kentucky finally won a game this past weekend, finally had something good happen, but Mark Stoops may need to bring the energy back down.
Two players were injured in freak accidents in the 48-14 win over Alabama State. One receiver took a ball to the face in warm-ups and injured his eye. Another, receiver Alex Montgomery, hurt his knee doing a celebratory chest-bump with a teammate after catching a touchdown. He was carted off the field.
On Monday, Stoops announced that Montgomery had torn his ACL and is out for the season.
“We have to address that today as well,” Stoops said about celebrating. “You know, I do think about it. When they are doing that stuff, even in practice sometimes we're having fun. You don't want to take away the energy. You want them excited. Somebody commented the other day, we want to be cheering quite a bit and creating big plays. We want the excitement there.
“We've got to be smart about that. We've got a couple of those guys that can do back flips and sometimes they'll do that before practice and get guys sparked up. I'm a little leery of that as well. We might have to get our feet on the ground for our celebrations right now.
“We can't afford to lose anybody else. … We lose enough guys during games and practice. We can't lose them in pregame and doing celebrations, that's for sure. … We're not going to overdo it, but I'm going to definitely talk to them about relaxing a little bit with the jumping and chest pumping and all that stuff.”
Here’s the injury. You have to feel for Montgomery, a freshman. Kentucky hosts Missouri this weekend.