‘At least you’re looking the ball in’

It may take a while for poor Javess Blue to stop being a UK locker room punchline: the wide receiver that had to sit out a game because a ball he was supposed to catch hit him in the face.

For the junior college wideout, the swollen shut right eye was painful, but it was even more painful because he’d never missed a game in his career before last week’s game against Alabama State.

So how exactly did it happen?

“Me and Max (Smith) was out throwing the ball; he was getting warmed up and he threw me a bullet and the ball slipped through an old pair of gloves and basically hit me right in the eye,” Blue explained.

Bleeding and clutching his completely numb face, Blue was taken back to the locker room before pre-game warmups.

Once teammates and coaches knew it wasn’t a serious injury, the ribbing started.

“It was crazy because Coach (Tommy) Mainord was like, ‘At least you’re looking the ball in,’” Blue relayed. “So I had to bust out laughing. All of us, we was joking about the situation.”

About Jennifer Smith

Jen Smith has been a sports writer at the Herald-Leader since 2000, covering everything from high school sports to auto racing to various University of Kentucky sports. A native of Louisville and a graduate of the University of Kentucky (much to the dismay of her Louisville graduate mother and Indiana graduate father), Jen now resides in downtown Lexington with her husband and two young sons. You can follow her on Twitter @jenheraldleader or send her an email at jsmith3@herald-leader.com.
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