Britain’s Marquan McCall injured in Kentucky-Florida football game

Great Britain's nose guard Marquan McCall sidelined in Kentucky's 29-21 loss to Florida on September 14, 2019 at Kroger Field.

Great Britain’s nose guard Marquan McCall sidelined in Kentucky’s 29-21 loss to Florida on September 14, 2019 at Kroger Field.

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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 “doubtful” 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 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.

Josh Moore covers the University of Kentucky football team and is in his sixth year reporting for the Lexington Herald-Leader, where he has worked since 2009. Moore, originally from Martin County, graduated from the UK with a BA in Integrated Strategic Communication and English in 2013. He is a huge fan of the NBA, Power Rangers and country music.
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Ben Roberts covers basketball, football, horse racing and other sports in the UK for the Lexington Herald-Leader and has specialized in recruiting basketball in the UK for several years. He also maintains the Next Cats recruiting blog, which features the latest news on the Wildcats recruiting efforts.
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