Amid all of the signing day news came some slightly less-fun news: three Wildcats will not return for their senior season in Lexington. Thanks to a new report from Jon Hale of the Courier-Journal, running back Sihiem King, outside linebacker Kengera Daniel and cornerback Domonique Williams will all leave UK before the 2019 season.
King and Daniel both used their redshirt year during the 2018 season; JUCO-trasnfer Williams played in one game. King and Daniel are both immediately eligible to play for another program as graduate transfers.
Daniel’s loss is a big one for the Wildcats. The linebacker was expected to play major minutes next season, largely in an effort to replace Josh Allen. Without him, the Cats will likely have to look to a mixture of sophomores, with Jordan Wright being the top contender. Fellow sophomores Alex King and Chris Whittaker will also be available, in addition to the six outside linebackers Kentucky signed to the 2019 class. Remember, JJ Weaver and Jared Casey, both 4-star linebackers from Louisville, will also be on the roster.
Sources told KSR about King’s potential transfer back in December, but today’s news makes it official. The Cats’ running back group just got thinner, and the weight on AJ Rose’s shoulders just got a little heavier.
With these departures, Mark Stoops will have 10 seniors on his 2019 roster.
For the full report, read the Courier-Journal article here.