FB Notebook: Freshman Boyd Diagnosed With Mono
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Freshman wide receiver Aaron Boyd (Lexington, Ky.) has been diagnosed with mononucleosis, Coach Rich Brooks announced Friday.
"The good news is we caught it before contact started tomorrow," Brooks said. "With an enlarged spleen, that obviously would have put him in tremendous danger. It's normally a month to six weeks rest (when diagnosed with mono) and he won't be doing anything for at least a week except resting. We will re-evaluate his condition after he starts working out and learning again."
Boyd, a local prep star at Henry Clay High School, was the No. 1 prospect in Kentucky and one of the nation's top wide receivers according to Rivals.com and Scout.com. He is the brother of former Wildcat quarterback Shane Boyd, now with the NFL's Houston Texans.
"I know Aaron had high expectations and we were looking forward to working with him," Brooks said. "It's too early to determine whether this will be a redshirt year until we get him back on the field and see where his level and understanding is. Obviously this will impact his conditioning and his ability to learn and get acclimated to the system.
"It takes one guy out of the mix but I still feel good about what is going on out there, very good about it." Brooks said. "We have a lot of practices left and we'll see who continues to learn and improve."
The Wildcats had their first practice as a complete team Friday and the first practice in full pads is set for Saturday.
Fan Day on Saturday: The annual Kentucky Football Fan Day is slated for Sat. Aug. 9 at Commonwealth Stadium. Stadium gates 4 and 9 open at 6:30 p.m., when posters and schedule cards will be given away. There will be special activities on the stadium concourse, including the giant inflatable games for young Wildcats. The first 2,000 fans will receive a coupon for a free hot dog and drink (redeemable on Fan Day only).
Coach Brooks and the team will be introduced at 7:15 p.m., followed by an autograph session with the Wildcat coaches and players. Fans should note that there is a limit of two autographs per player and coach.
In addition, an equipment stand will be set up and fans can try on UK helmets and shoulder pads. UK athletic trainers also will have a station, demonstrating ankle taping and other activities. The autograph session ends at 9 p.m. and the event concludes with a fireworks show.
Game Tickets on Sale During Fan Day: The ticket booth outside of Gate 4 at Commonwealth Stadium will be open from 6:00 p.m. to 8 p.m. during Fan Day.
Season ticket packages are still available and may be purchased at the stadium on Saturday evening. Fans may also purchase single game tickets for the following games: Norfolk State, Middle Tennessee, Western Kentucky, Arkansas, and Vanderbilt. For complete football ticket information, please visit or call (800) 928-2287.