LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kaiya Sheron started at quarterback for No. 13 Kentucky in Saturday night’s Southeastern Conference game against South Carolina, replacing injured senior Will Levis.
Levis entered Kroger Field with a boot on his left foot and did not participate in pregame warmups. Wildcats coach Mark Stoops earlier this week referred to a finger injury Levis sustained in last week’s 22-19 loss at No. 9 Mississippi, but didn’t mention a foot injury. Stoops remained mum on Levis' status on Thursday.
Levis was dressed in a warm-up suit with a hoodie pulled over his head as teammates went through final preparations. Sheron, a redshirt freshman, was announced on the video board as the starter for the Wildcats (4-1, 1-1 SEC) just before kickoff.
Levis has been mentioned as a possible first-round NFL draft choice after breaking out for 2,827 yards passing and 24 touchdowns last season. He has started all 18 games for Kentucky since transferring from Penn State, and this season has completed 68% of his passes for 1,405 yards and 12 touchdowns with just four interceptions. Levis completed 18 of 24 passes for 220 yards and two touchdowns last week at Ole Miss, but fumbled twice inside the 20 late in the 22-19 loss.
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