Kentucky wide receiver Alex Montgomery will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL suffered while celebrating a touchdown, Wildcats coach Mark Stoops announced Monday.
Montgomery hauled in a six-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jalen Whitlow in the second quarter of Saturday's 48-14 win over Alabama State. The freshman wideout jumped in the air to celebrate the score with teammates but landed awkwardly on his left leg. He was taken to the locker room and did not return.
Stoops told reporters his team needs to take the energy level down a notch, at least in celebrations. Via coachingsearch.com:
“We have to address that today as well,” Stoops said about celebrating. “You know, I do think about it. When they are doing that stuff, even in practice sometimes we're having fun. You don't want to take away the energy. You want them excited. Somebody commented the other day, we want to be cheering quite a bit and creating big plays. We want the excitement there.
“We've got to be smart about that. We've got a couple of those guys that can do back flips, and sometimes they'll do that before practice and get guys sparked up. I'm a little leery of that as well. We might have to get our feet on the ground for our celebrations right now."
Montgomery had 16 catches for 137 yards and two touchdowns this season. (Video via YouTube user cn2Kentucky)