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Kentucky linebacker announces his transfer


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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.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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11 responses to “Kentucky linebacker announces his transfer”

  1. blueblood23

    Dropping like flies….what is that now? 5 or 6 that have either transferred or left early? Obviously not as big an impact as boom or badet, but 2nd LB in past two weeks. Little concerning?

    1. macsauce13

      Not at all. He got recruited over and left because he wasn’t going to get playing time. As we improve, we have to learn that this happens. Sometimes, when a player gets low on the depth chart, they will leave to give it a go somewhere else. It really is a good thing, even though he seemed like a good kid and I hate to see him go.

  2. tbbucs86

    Probably not, he might of just realized he is not going to start for them ever. Every school has a decent amount of transfers every year.

  3. ClutchCargo

    “Firios made six tackles in 13 appearances, mostly as a special teams player, in the 2016 season…” I wish him nothing but the best, but he is definitely replaceable by any number of other guys already on the roster. Not concerning to me at all.

  4. blueballs80

    Good player but got riddled with injuries and with Stoops having recruited more players, this is a loss UK can afford. The name to watch out for is Jaylin Bannerman.

  5. lexwildcat

    Not concerning. I think we still have 2 more players who need to transfer. I saw in the Herald Leader online that we have 87 players for 85 scholarships with the incoming players.

    1. Sentient Third Eye

      I wonder if this is a case of “taking one for the team”? He sounds like he’s still very bought-in to the program even though he’s leaving.

  6. AGSlater

    lol. we suck again

    1. AGSlater

      No doubt

  7. Luether

    Ky is not for everybody…

    1. AGSlater

      Especially good players