By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky will have two more players than expected going through Senior Day ceremonies on Saturday when UK hosts Austin Peay.
Receiver Alex Montgomery is giving up his final year of eligibility after a recent knee surgery. Offensive guard Ramsey Meyers is graduating in May and has decided he’s had enough football. Both players are from Florida and were in coach Mark Stoops’ first recruiting class at UK.
“Alex had another knee surgery and it was more significant than we thought, so Alex will be in a medical redshirt. He is done playing football. I told him that I would love to keep him in the program. He can come work with us and be a student assistant, in the recruiting room, wherever. He is a wonderful young man and we want to take care of him and have him finish (his degree),” Stoops said Monday.
“And Ramsey, I think he is exhausting his eligibility. He will graduate in May. I think he would just assume to let it go at that point.”
Montgomery was superb as a freshman but then hurt his knee early in his sophomore year celebrating a touchdown. He tore his ACL and just recently had to have another significant tear repaired again.
Stoops admitted Monday he has a special place in his heart for Montgomery, an outgoing personality.
“Alex is one of my favorites. He is just a great kid. I have known for a long time. He is a guy that I went to see right away from my years at Florida State and recruiting Ft. Lauderdale. He is just a great young man,” Stoops said. “I have some stories about his grandma. His grandma was busting my chops when I was recruiting him and one of my favorite recruiting stories.
“I don’t want to tell you about it, but she was teasing me. She was wonderful. But Alex has had some tough times in his life but he has persevered through a lot of things.”
Meyers has been a fixture in UK’s nine-man offensive line rotation this year and would have been again next season. He lost a lot of “bad weight, lot of fat” during the offseason.
“I tried to mold my body into the way an offensive guard should look in the SEC,” Meyers said. “I got my technique better. I got quicker.”
His father retired from the military last year and will be there Saturday to see his son’s final game. He only made two or three games annually before his retirement.
“He brings lot of energy when he comes. When he is at games or practice, you can always hear him. He always tries to motivate me,” the UK lineman said. “He didn’t play football. He ran track. Didn’t do college. He just went straight to the military, but he’s really proud of me.”