Locke, Evans Doubtful Against South Carolina

Oct. 14, 2010

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LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky senior tailback Derrick Locke and senior defensive end DeQuin Evans, who are both battling injuries, are “probably out” for the Kentucky-South Carolina game Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium, according to head coach Joker Phillips on Thursday.

“He (Locke) probably won’t go Saturday,” Phillips said. “From what we saw today, Locke is out … Yesterday we said we would take Derrick, but today we probably won’t take Derrick to the hotel.”

Locke is suffering from a shoulder stinger and a bruised elbow in the Auburn game and has not made enough progress this week in practice. Phillips said that with Locke out, sophomore Donald Russell and freshman Raymond Sanders are expected to step up and fill Locke’s shoes.

“We have come to a point when we took over seven or eight years ago that we wouldn’t make any excuses if a guy was going to miss,” Phillips said. “The next guy is expected to step up and make plays and do the things that we expect to get done. I feel comfortable in Donald Russell and Raymond Sanders that they will go in and do the job we are asking them to do.”

Russell has rushed for 124 yards on 27 carries this year while Sanders has carried 18 times for 88 yards and three touchdowns.  They will team up to replace Locke, the team’s leading rusher with 574 yards and seven touchdowns this year and the team’s No. 2 pass receiver with 24 caches for 225 yards.  Locke also averages 26.8 yards on kickoff returns and is second in the Southeastern Conference in all-purpose yardage.

Phillips said that Evans also will likely miss the South Carolina game, saying that he was “struggling” with his sprained ankle at practice Thursday. Sophomore Taylor Wyndham will start in Evans’ place.  Wyndham has 14 tackles this season, featuring two tackles for loss and 1.5 quarterback sacks.

Neloms, Hartline Game Captains for South Carolina: 
Sophomore cornerback Martavius Neloms and senior quarterback Mike Hartline have been named game captains for the South Carolina game this weekend, first-year head coach Joker Phillips has announced.

Game captains are usually chosen on the basis of performance in the previous game. Neloms is coming off back-to-back games where he has gathered a career high in tackles, including eight stops against Auburn, while Hartline had a 23-for-28 passing day against Auburn with 220 yards and a touchdown.

Neloms and Hartline will join permanent captains Randall Cobb and DeQuin Evans at the pregame coin toss.

Davis Picks Randall Cobb as Mid-Season Offensive MVP
:  Charles Davis with Fox Sports South’s SEC Gridiron Live picked Kentucky wide receiver, quarterback, kickoff returner, punt returner and field goal holder Randall Cobb as his Southeastern Conference Mid-Season Offensive Most Valuable Player on Wednesday night’s show.

The versatile Cobb has rushed for 168 yards and three touchdowns this season, caught 32 passes for 403 yards and four touchdowns, thrown three touchdown passes, averaged 23 yards on kickoff returns and 12.2 yards (including a TD) on punt returns.

SEC Gridiron Live airs Wednesday’s at 10 p.m. ET throughout the college football season to more than 22 million cable and satellite households on the FSN regional networks throughout the SEC territory. The show is hosted by Davis, and analysts Randy Cross and Tim Couch, along with social media host Kristina Akra.