The Cats are only one day into spring practice and the program is losing a reserve linebacker on the defensive side of the ball.
Nico Firios, an injury-riddled redshirt sophomore, announced via his Twitter account that he will be leaving the University of Kentucky:
“At this time I would like to announce that I will be transferring from UK. I would like to thank Coach Stoops for the opportunity he gave me to come and play here. I would also like to thank Kentucky fans for always showing endless support through the good and the bad. Lastly, I would like to thank my teammates for being my brothers and for being at my side through it all. I’m forever grateful for the opportunity, and I’m always going to be a Wildcat.”
Firios made six tackles in 13 appearances, mostly as a special teams player, in the 2016 season. ESPN ranked him the 19th best linebacker in the nation in the 2014 recruiting class.