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Kentucky redshirt senior LB Eli Brown will transfer as a graduate to a new school.

A former four-star recruit in the 2015 class, Brown (6'2/215) played in all 12 games for the Wildcats, accumulating 38 tackles with two tackles for loss and a pass defensed. Because he'll leave as a graduate, he'll be eligible to play immediately for any FBS school.
Feb 10 - 9:53 PM

Kentucky signed uncommitted four-star 2018 LB Chris Oats.

Oats (6'4/215) was additionally considering Ohio State and Cincinnati before ultimately opting for the Wildcats. He's undersized as of the moment, but offers length and an aggressive nature when pursuing opposing ball-carriers. Coverage is an area that he'll need to continue to tighten up as he hits the collegiate ranks.
Source: 247Sports
Feb 7 - 4:21 PM

Kentucky redshirt senior QB Drew Barker has decided to retire from football rather than pursue a graduate transfer.

Barker (6'3/225) initially looked to be on the transfer trail in early January. The once highly-hyped four-star gunslinger saw his career with the Wildcats flat-line after he sustained a season-ending back injury early on during the 2016 campaign. Stephen Johnson subsequently supplanted him and did not relinquish the job last offseason. Relegated to backup duty for the 2017 season, Barker attempted just seven passes. He's already earned his undergraduate degree from Kentucky and -- with football no longer in the cards -- is now focusing on his graduate degree in public financial management.
Feb 2 - 10:34 AM

Kentucky hired Indianapolis Colts OLB coach Brad White to serve in the same capacity.

White has been on staff with the Colts for the past six seasons. Prior to his gig in Indy, he was with Air Force (2010-11). He's relatively new blood in the coaching ranks, having initially gotten his start with Mercer in 2009.
Feb 2 - 10:19 AM

Multiple outlets are reporting that Kentucky has hired former Arkansas WR coach Michael Smith to serve in the same capacity.

Smith was on staff with Arkansas from 2013-17, but was not retained after HC Bret Bielema's firing at the end of the most recent campaign. He's already well acquainted with Kentucky HC Mark Stoops, having worked with him under then-HC Mike Stoops at Arizona in 2007 and 2008.
Jan 23 - 5:36 PM

Kentucky senior QB Stephen Johnson will not pursue a football future in any capacity.

Johnson (6'2/183) was already set to move on via graduation, but he will not be looking into the NFL or any other professional football avenue for his future. Explained the Wildcats gunslinger, "I really don’t have the fire or desire or drive to keep on playing it." It doesn't help matters that he is set to undergo surgeries on both shoulders as well as his left knee. Johnson finishes his career with the program having thrown for 4,342 yards with a 23/12 TD/INT ratio. He also rushed for 702 yards combined in 2016 and 2017. Just where Kentucky turns at quarterback for the 2018 season is currently unclear. Johnson's backup, Drew Barker, has already announced his intention to transfer.
Jan 16 - 2:03 PM

Kentucky WR coach Lamar Thomas will not return for the 2018 season.

Thomas's contract expires in June. Prior to working at Kentucky he worked on Bobby Petrino's staff at Louisville through 2015. It's not known yet who will replace Thomas, but there are two former wide receiver coaches on the staff in Thomas Mangino and Blake Rolan that could fill in.
Jan 11 - 8:24 PM

Kentucky redshirt junior S Mike Edwards will return to school for the 2018 season.

Edwards (6'0/200) is the second Wildcats defender to announce he'll be coming back in as many days, joining LB Josh Allen. For his part, the redshirt junior safety registered 97 tackles (4.0 for loss), a sack, four interceptions and seven passes defended during the 2017 campaign. Both the tackle and interception marks were tops on the team. He's picked off eight passes during his three active years at Kentucky, with seven of those picks coming over the last two seasons. Phil Steele named him an All-SEC second-team defensive performer for the past campaign.
Jan 9 - 5:59 PM

Kentucky junior LB Josh Allen will return to school for his senior season and forego the 2018 NFL Draft.

Allen's return to Kentucky is a major boon for the Wildcats defense. He's picked up 14 sacks the last two seasons, and was seen by many draft analysts as one of the more versatile linebackers in the class. A strong senior season from the 6-foot-5, 230-pound linebacker could see him enter first-round conversation.
Jan 8 - 5:46 PM

Kentucky sophomore DT Ja'Quize Cross will transfer.

Cross (6'3/310) joined Kentucky as part of the 2016 class. He did not log any statistical action during his two years with the Wildcats. Unless the sophomore drops down below the FBS with his move, he'll have to sit out the 2018 season to satisfy NCAA transfer regulations.
Jan 5 - 5:45 PM

Kentucky redshirt freshman RB Bryant Koback will transfer.

Koback (6'0/193) redshirted during the 2017 season after joining the Wildcats as a three-star recruit last winter. He's transferring out to be closer to his mom, who is dealing with a health situation. While Koback would like to move on to one of Toledo, Bowling Green or Eastern Michigan, Kentucky's transfer release does not allow him to join a program on the future schedule, which would eliminate Toledo and Eastern Michigan (both of whom the Wildcats play in 2019) from the equation. The redshirting freshman is hopeful that HC Mark Stoops will change his tune in regards to those exclusions. "I really enjoyed my time at Kentucky and have nothing but good things to say about them," he explained. "This is all about wanting to be home with my mom."
Jan 3 - 2:53 PM

Kentucky redshirt junior QB Drew Barker will transfer.

Barker (6'3/225) arrived on campus with much promise as a four-star recruit back in 2014, but his career was knocked sideways by a season-ending back injury sustained in September of 2016. That injury cost him the final nine games of the season while providing opportunity for Stephen Johnson to come in and take over. Barker backed up Johnson this year, appearing in just four games. He finishes his career at Kentucky having thrown for 747 yards (50.4% completions) with a 5/7 TD/INT ratio while playing in 12 contests. Now moving on as a graduate, Barker will be eligible to play immediately with his new program -- still to be determined -- come the start of the 2018 season.
Jan 2 - 9:38 PM

Kentucky junior LB Josh Allen is undecided on whether or not he'll enter the 2018 NFL Draft.

"Still got a couple days left," Allen said after the Music City Bowl loss to Northwestern. "I got a couple people to talk to and discuss with it." Allen (6'5/230) has accrued 14 sacks the last two seasons, and is considered one of the more versatile linebackers in the class. He has a chance to go in the first 100 picks if he does enter the draft.
Jan 1 - 2:52 PM

Kentucky junior TE C.J. Conrad will return to school for the 2018 season.

Conrad (6'5/245) is currently on the mend from season-ending foot surgery which he underwent in mid-November. He came into the year with some draft allure, ranking as the No. 2 underclassman tight end in the estimation of ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. over the summer. Conrad had caught 16 passes for 286 yards and a quartet of touchdowns prior to seeing his season cut short last month.
Sat, Dec 30, 2017 04:11:00 PM

Chris Coyte, the official who ejected Kentucky sophomore RB Benjamin Snell Jr. in the second quarter of Friday's Music City Bowl, said that the back's contact with him was not incidental.

Snell was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct after he was taken down on a run and then made contact with Coyte as he was getting to his feet. It was as innocuous a play as you'll see and deprived Kentucky of their bellcow back for the remainder of the 24-23 loss. The Music City Bowl, in general, was one of the more sloppily-officiated affairs we've seen this month.
Fri, Dec 29, 2017 11:22:00 PM

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