LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky suspended four freshmen for Saturday night’s game against South Carolina for their involvement with air pistol shots being fired near a residence hall on campus.
No one was injured Sunday night, but police issued an alert advising people to stay indoors on campus as they investigated.
Suspended for violating team rules are running back Stanley “Boom” Williams, who is leading the Wildcats in all-purpose yards; backup quarterback Drew Barker; wide receiver Dorian Baker and defensive end Tymere Dubose. A statement Monday evening from coach Mark Stoops and Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart said the group could face additional discipline.
Campus police Chief Joe Monroe said in a statement that his department will meet with the Fayette County Attorney’s office “to determine what actions should take place.” He said guns of all types are banned from campus.
Police received two reports Sunday about possible shots fired. Campus and Lexington officers investigated and declared the area clear within a couple of hours.
On Monday, campus police found the air pistol in the area near where witnesses had reported hearing possible shots fired. The school later posted a release saying it was seeking “persons of interest;” included was a photo of the air-soft pistol that can fire pellets.
Also included were two pictures from surveillance cameras showing several students, one of whom was wearing a T-shirt issued to Wildcats special teams players.
VOLS EXPECT QB WORLEY TO PLAY: Tennessee expects to have quarterback Justin Worley at full strength for Saturday’s game with Florida. The status of Worley’s receiving corps is less clear.
Worley sat out three series of the Volunteers’ 35-32 loss at Georgia last week when Bulldogs linebacker Jordan Jenkins’ helmet hit him in the elbow during a pass rush, but the senior quarterback returned to direct two fourth-quarter touchdown drives.
“He’s fine,” Tennessee coach Butch Jones said. “He kind of hit his funny bone and all that, but he’s fine. He’ll be 100 percent for the game.”
Jones isn’t as sure about wide receivers Von Pearson and Josh Smith, who both have high ankle sprains.
Pearson has missed Tennessee’s past two games, while Smith sat out the Georgia game. Pearson has seven catches for 98 yards and a touchdown. Smith has 10 catches for 135 yards and a touchdown.
In other injury news, freshman reserve linebacker Dillon Bates has a torn labrum that will require season-ending surgery. Jones said the Vols will seek a medical redshirt for Bates. Jones indicated freshmen Cortez McDowell and Jakob Johnson could have bigger roles in Bates’ absence.
SAFETY DAWSON NO LONGER WITH TEAM: Georgia safety Sheldon Dawson, who appeared in two games this season in a backup role, is no longer with the team.
Coach Mark Richt said Dawson “is not a member of the team anymore” but provided no further details. Dawson, a junior, made one start in 2013. He had three tackles this year.
Richt also said freshman tailback Sony Michel probably won’t need surgery for his shoulder injury but won’t play this week for No. 13 Georgia against Vanderbilt.