Kentucky super-veteran outside linebacker Jordan Wright has been cleared to return and play against Florida.
The Wildcats Twitter account announced his return Thursday afternoon, just 48 hours before kickoff in Gainesville.
Wright’s return is a welcome sight for the Wildcats’ defense, which has a tough task ahead of the No. 12 Gators and quarterback Anthony Richardson this Saturday.
Wright has 106 tackles in his career, 15.5 tackles lost, 12 pass drives, 7.5 sacks, 4 forced turnovers, 4 turnovers Recovery and two defensive touchdowns.
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“It’s good to have Jordan back,” England head coach Mark Stopps said Thursday after practice. “He brings experience, another passer and another body to chase a really good quarterback. We need everyone to pull together and really glad he’s back and ready to play.”
The senior team captain missed the season opener against Miami (Ohio) and senior running back Chris Rodriguez, who has yet to be cleared.
“I don’t know,” Stoops said when asked if there was any new information about Rodriguez. “That means we’ve cleared one hurdle…trying to move on to overcome some of the other hurdles.”
Kentucky and Florida will be on Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. ET in Ben Hillary Kickoff in the swamp at Finn Stadium. The game will be televised on ESPN as the Wildcats look for their second win in three games in Gainesville.