Stoops: Defensive lineman Paschal has melanoma on foot
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Defensive lineman Josh Paschal has a malignant melanoma on his right foot and offensive line coach John Schlarman is dealing with an unspecified health issue, according to Kentucky coach Mark Stoops.
The sophomore recently had lesions removed from the bottom of the foot, Stoops said Friday. Paschal was awaiting results from another procedure Wednesday. Paschal had 17 tackles (4.5 for loss) and 3.5 sacks as a freshman and was expected to play a bigger role this season.
Stoops said Schlarman, in his sixth season with the Wildcats, is still coaching while undergoing testing to determine his illness.
“John and Josh are very strong, very good people, two of the best people we have in our program,” the coach said. “The team will be supportive of them to battle through these health issues.
“We’ll be there for them any way we can be, but we’ll continue to do the work that we have to do. And they both want it that way.”
Kentucky opens on Sept. 1 against Central Michigan.