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Kentucky redshirt sophomore DE Jaylin Bannerman announced he will be leaving the program.

A three-star recruit out of Pickerington, Ohio, Bannerman redshirted as a true freshman and didn't play his redshirt freshman year. He also underwent two position changes in his time at Kentucky, coming in as a linebacker, switching over to tight end after redshirting and switching to defensive end prior to transferring. It's unknown where he will continue playing football next fall or whether he will at all.
Apr 19 - 7:15 PM

Kentucky senior LB Jordan Jones will undergo shoulder surgery.

While Jones was forced to sit for four games during the most recent campaign due to a shoulder injury, Kentucky HC Mark Stoops said that this new ailment sustained during practice on Thursday is not related to the previous one. The 6-foot-2, 221-pounder will miss the remainder of spring practice, now, with his availability for the start of August camp to be determined as the date nears. The hope is that Jones will be able to return to practice action in full with enough time to prepare for the season. During a healthy 2016 campaign, the linebacker registered a hearty 109 tackles (15.5 for loss), four sacks and four passes defended.
Apr 6 - 2:23 PM

Kentucky LB Jamin Davis will miss the rest of spring practices due to a "minor" knee injury.

Davis is a former three-star recruit from Ludowici, Georgia and is currently redshirt sophomore. He is one of the Wildcats’ "most promising linebackers" and played behind Jordan Jones in 2017. He is expected to miss 3-to-4 weeks, valuable time for a player trying to see the field more. This isn't expected to be a long-term issue and shouldn't prevent him from making a big impact for the Wildcats in 2018.
Source: Sea of Blue
Apr 2 - 8:54 PM

Kentucky received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 S Moses Douglass.

Douglass (6'2/185) opted to throw his lot in with the Wildcats while on a visit to the program this weekend. This is one that Kentucky has been angling after for a while. His father, Maurice Douglass, played his own college ball at UK and then went on for an 11-year NFL career. On the 247Sports composite, the newest baby Wildcat slots in at No. 312 overall for the 2019 class.
Mar 31 - 3:59 PM

Kentucky redshirt sophomore T E.J. Price apologized for his Thursday Twitter rant.

Price (6'6/300) went on the warpath in a series of tweets on Thursday, calling out the coaching staff and specifically firing off about what he claimed were strong grades -- Wildcats HC Mark Stoops had pointed to academic inconsistency earlier this month -- while stating in all-caps that he was leaving the team by choice and had "not been kicked off." A short time after his social media blowup, Price then deleted his complaints, switched his Twitter account over to "private" and issued an apology for his "bringing unwanted attention to our locker room." A Kentucky spokesperson did confirm that the redshirt sophomore was no longer on the team, though it's unclear whether he'll attempt to rejoin the squad or what his future plans might be.
Mar 23 - 12:42 PM

Kentucky redshirt sophomore T E.J. Price has left the team.

Price (6'6/300) took to Twitter for a supernova of an exit announcement -- since deleted -- writing (among other things) that "this is completely my decision I have great grades right now" and (in all-caps) "I was not kicked off I am leaving." The concept of grades was one he hit on again in another tweet, firing back at Wildcats HC Mark Stoops' comments earlier this month that Price had "some inconsistencies" in writing, "I have 3 A’s and 1 B haven’t been late to anything since January but I am inconsistent." Stoops said that Price arrived to Thursday's practice late by two hours following his social media escapades -- he cited his being tired as reason for his lateness -- and left before practice's end. Stoops said that the team was "trying to help" the four-star offensive linemen, who initially arrived at Kentucky after transferring out of USC in July of 2017. He sat out the 2017 season due to NCAA regulations.
Mar 22 - 12:56 PM

Kentucky senior CB Derrick Baity (shoulder) will not be participating in contact work during spring practice.

"[Baity]'s coming back. He can do a lot of individual. He can move around and run and do plenty of rehab and get some looks," explained HC Mark Stoops. Contact, not quite yet. The 6-foot-3, 186-pound senior has been a full-season starter for the Wildcats each of the past two campaigns. In 2017, he registered 49 tackles, nine passes defended and a pair of interceptions. He's picked off five passes over the last two seasons.
Source: 247Sports
Mar 7 - 2:19 PM

Kentucky redshirt junior WR Dorian Baker (ankle) will not participate in spring practice.

Baker (6'3/208) missed the entirety of the 2017 campaign after fracturing and dislocating his ankle in August camp. While he's just recently begun change of direction work in which he places extra pressure on the ankle, he's not quite ready for practice. Wildcats HC Mark Stoops said that he expects Baker to be "just fine" and added that he "looks good" in his rehab. We'll check back in with the wideout later this offseason to see how his availability is looking for August camp.
Source: 247Sports
Mar 7 - 1:19 PM

Kentucky junior TE Justin Rigg (spleen) will likely miss the remainder of spring practice.

Rigg (6'6/250) was hospitalized after colliding with CB Chris Westry on Monday. It was initially reported that he had sustained a concussion. It turns out that it's a spleen issue -- one which does not currently require surgery -- instead. Wildcats HC Mark Stoops said that Rigg is expected to be released from the hospital at some point on Tuesday and offered a sunny outlook for what initially looked like a scary situation, saying, "All the tests last night and this morning, everything is very positive, very good. He should have a full recovery." We're happy to hear that, though it should be noted that this is the second internal injury he has sustained in the span of less than two years. He previously had to mend from three lacerations to the kidney suffered early in the 2016 season.
Mar 6 - 1:19 PM

Lexington Herald-Leader Jen Smith reports HC Mark Stoops said Kentucky senior TE C.J. Conrad has resumed running.

Conrad underwent season-ending foot surgery in 2017 and looks to be doing well with his rehab. He was ESPN's Mel Kiper's No.2 underclassmen tight end entering last season and should have some draft potential after 2018. Conrad had 14 receptions for 270 yards and four touchdowns through eight games in 2017 and will likely play a major role in Kentucky's offence in 2018.
Mar 5 - 11:19 AM

Lexington Herald-Leader Jen Smith reports redshirt junior WR Dorian Baker has been running and "started change of direction."

Baker sat out the entire 2017 season after suffering a dislocation and fracture to his ankle during a team scrimmage in August of 2017. Dorian has 88 receptions for 1015 yards and 6 touchdowns in his career. As long as he can progress nicely he should be a significant factor in Kentucky's passing offence.
Mar 5 - 11:01 AM

Lexington Herald-Leader's Jen Smith reports Kentucky junior TE Justin Rigg suffered a concussion in practice on Monday.

Rigg was hospitalized after a collision with CB Chris Westry. The 6'6, 250-pounder is a former three-star tight end with only one career catch. This is a tough break for a player who has been sidelined for the majority of his career.
Mar 5 - 10:50 AM

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


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