By LARRY VAUGHT
Sophomore receiver Alex Montgomery seems to be “coming along” well from his season-ending knee surgery.
“He’s coming along. ACL’s (anterior cruciate ligaments) aren’t what they used to be. It’s a full recovery, but you can get back and play in nine months,” said Kentucky offensive coordinator Neal Brown. “The surgeons do a phenomenal job at that now. You have to deal with a lot of pain and get your flexibility back, so it’s fighting through adversity and it’s mental.
“He’ll be able to practice when we open up the season. He probably will be a guy that we’ll have to watch his reps.”
Brown still has trouble believing the way Montgomery and Javess Blue were injured in such freakish ways in the same game last season.
“We were playing Alabama State, which is a game we should’ve won and we did win. We go out for warm-ups and we get off the bus and do the Cat Walk. We go into the locker room and they put on a pair of shorts before they go play a game of catch. Our best receiver is Javess Blue. Well, they’re out throwing the ball and someone misses and it hits him right in the eye, so he’s out for the game,” Brown said. “Not even during warm-ups, the pre warm-ups.
“We score a touchdown and the game is in our hand and Alex goes up and does one of those flying chest-bumps. He lands, and I remember it like it was yesterday. I see him land and I tell the guys on the headphones, ‘Alex Montgomery just tore his ACL.’ Sure enough, trainer comes off and I said, ‘Did he tear his ACL?’ And he said, ‘Yup.’ You lose one to pre warm-ups and another in the game. Unreal.”
Montgomery had 16 catches for 137 yards and one score before his injury. He had at least one catch in all eight games he played and a season-best four receptions for 47 yards against Florida.