Mark Stoops couldn't have enjoyed announcing Monday that freshman wideout Alex Montgomery, the Wildcats' fifth-leading receiver, would miss the remainder of Kentucky's 2013 season with a torn ACL. But he probably enjoyed it even less when confirming what Wildcat fans watching their team's 48-14 win over Alabama State already knew: that the injury happened during a touchdown celebration.
Here's the video of the play:
Not to make light of what's obviously become a very serious situation for Montgomery, but the execution on the hip-bump/chest-bump here went badly awry, with his teammate expecting the hip bump and Montgomery going in chest-first.
Montgomery at least has some good company, with Georgia's star receiver Malcom Mitchell having missed nearly the entire 2013 season after another awkward landing in a touchdown celebration-gone-bad. These injuries beg the question: should coaches forbid their players from any celebration that involves the potential for an ACL-tearing landing ... or go full-speed in the other direction and spend extra time teaching their players to use proper technique when they do go in for a bump?
Since it seems unlikely either one of these things will happen any time soon, it also seems unlikely Montgomery's injury will be the last we'll see in college football.
HT on video: Dr. Saturday