Former Kentucky defensive lineman Ricky Lumpkin is back in the Bluegrass. In his first job after football, Lumpkin announced on Twitter he will be an academic counselor for the Kentucky football team.
Lumpkin said he’s “excited to do what I love post football at my Alma Mater.”
The Clarksville, Tennessee native made an impact as a redshirt freshman for Kentucky in 2007. In four years he had 84 tackles, 13.5 for loss and 3 sacks. His best statistical season was in 2009, but he was arguably at his best in the final game of his sophomore season when the Kentucky defensive line dominated East Carolina en route to a Liberty Bowl victory.
At the conclusion of his Kentucky career, Lumpkin spent five years in the NFL playing for the Arizona Carndinals, Oakland Raiders and Indianapolis Colts.
Lumpkin’s contributions to the Kentucky football team will not be seen by many outside of the program, but his perspective as a former NFL player will ensure current players know what it takes to make it to the next level.