LEXINGTON, Ky. — Well that was a close one!
Some good news on Kentucky freshman wide receiver Dekel Crowdus. He tells LEX 18 that he will not need surgery after suffering a knee injury during Thursday's practice and that he will be back sooner than we expect!
After taking several tests Thursday afternoon, it seems that it was a minor injury to Crowdus' knee that won't have him out for an extended period of time.
Mark Stoops confirmed that information after Saturday's team scrimmage, saying Dekel didn't suffer any ligament tears, and that it's just a ligament strain. Stoops added that they are very optimistic that Dekel will be back within weeks.
Wan'dale Robinson spoke with LEX 18 on Saturday as well and was relieved when he found out Dekel's injury wasn't as serious as it could have been.
"It was really good to know. The day it happened, I went over to him and he was really upset about it. At first we thought it was going to be much longer than expected, much longer when the news came out. It's really good to know he's okay and he'll be able to bounce back and be healthy," Robinson said.
"You saw the kid out there and you knew he was explosive and could make a lot of plays. That speed that he has, you can't teach it."
One of the more dynamic athletes in this year's freshman class, Crowdus is expected to see the field this season with his playmaking abilities. At the moment, it's unsure when he will return to the field.
A local speedster from Frederick Douglass High School, Crowdus was ranked as a four-star prospect on 247sports.com, the No. 3 prospect in Kentucky, No. 51 receiver and No. 300 overall player nationally in the 2021 class prior to his commitment to the blue and white.
Kentucky already have three different players that have gone down with season ending injuries this offseason: WR Clevan Thomas, LB D’Eryk Jackson, and TE Keaton Upshaw.
Thankfully, Crowdus will not be the fourth on that list.