UK offensive tackle Garry Williams had surgery this morning to repair an MCL tear in his knee and will miss 2-3 weeks, UK Coach Rich Brooks announced on Thursday. The 6-foot-3, 300-pound Williams is UK’s most experienced offensive lineman, having started 26 consecutive games at left tackle. He is out for at least this Saturday’s home opener with Norfolk State and the Middle Tennessee games on Sept. 13. Kentucky has an open date before a home date with Western Kentucky on Sept. 27.
“We’ll just have to see how rehab comes along,” Brooks said.
Brooks said that either redshirt freshman Billy Joe Murphy or junior James Alexander would start at left tackle in Williams’ absence, with Murphy having a slight edge due to Alexander not being 100 percent after suffering a high ankle sprain in fall camp.