Mother: Former Moore star, Kentucky football OLB J.J. Weaver tore ACL at Florida
LEXINGTON - Louisville native J.J. Weaver's season is finished for Kentucky football after tearing his ACL in his first career start at Florida.
Weaver's mother, Stacey Sherrell, confirmed the news in a Facebook post, noting surgery will be scheduled for later in the week. The injury came just days after Weaver had been elevated to the starting spot at Kentucky's "Jack" linebacker position.
He recorded six tackles in Saturday's loss. On the season, Weaver has totaled 33 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss and one-half sack.
"I’m excited about his future, excited to watch him play this week, excited to see what he can do in there early in the game," defensive coordinator Brad White said before the game. "We’re going to see. It’s going to be a big game in a big environment. I think he can handle it.
"What he’s doing right now is he’s playing strong, he’s playing violent. He’s not overthinking. He’s letting his natural ability shine. Again, it’s not perfect technique-wise. There are things we’re still cleaning up, even assignment-wise, but every week has been better. He looks more and more comfortable every time he steps on the field."
Rehabilitation for a torn ACL can take up to a year, putting Weaver's status for the 2021 season in jeopardy.
Kentucky coach Mark Stoops confirmed Monday Weaver would be out for an extended period due to the injury.
"He was arguably playing as good as anybody on our team," Stoops said. "It’s disappointing. J.J. is in good spirits. He will return, he will overcome this injury. Many people have, the injury he has. He’ll get back. Our docs will do a great job, he’ll rehab extremely hard. It will take some time, but he’ll come back at full strength."