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Kentucky Defensive Lineman Davoan “Day Day” Hawkins Enters Transfer Portal

The NCAA transfer portal just got a little more crowded.

Davoan “Day Day” Hawkins announced he intends to leave the University of Kentucky. Hawkins is the second UK defensive lineman to enter the portal Friday afternoon, following nose guard Cavon Butler.


A three-star recruit from Chaminade-Madonna High School in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Hawkins helped his school win a state championship not long after he committed to Kentucky over Miami and Oklahoma.

The defensive end spent two seasons in Lexington. A redshirt in 2018, last season he appeared in nine games. After recording a tackle for loss against Vanderbilt, his first career sack and forced fumble came on one play against Louisville. The strip sack wasn’t even the highlight of his season. That came while dancing on the sideline in the rain against Missouri.

A big personality, his charisma will certainly be missed in the locker room. It’s no coincidence he’s the second defensive lineman to enter the portal in one day. The Wildcats recruited four highly-touted defensive linemen to reinforce an already deep room. It was only a matter of time before a few players defected.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

6 Comments for Kentucky Defensive Lineman Davoan “Day Day” Hawkins Enters Transfer Portal

  1. JASUN74
    4:40 pm May 1, 2020 Permalink

    Nooo. Man these two guys hurt. It’s just soo hard ,(and expensive as hell), to work and develop these kids for two or three years, then when they’re ready to contribute, boom they leave. Two very bad losses today for the Cats. Two great kids and two very good players. I just hope they are making the decisions for themselves and not back home listening to all their people who think they’re Gods. Ohh well. Good luck fellas.

  2. BigBluSoTru
    5:02 pm May 1, 2020 Permalink

    Who cares another 3 star leaving people Stoops and Vince are bringing in 4 and 5 stars we are now going head to head with Bama, Lsu , Ga and we just beat Flordia a year ago so we are equal to them now, ATL 2020

  3. UKGrad1965
    6:05 pm May 1, 2020 Permalink

    I remember watching Hawkins “#55” play in late season games. I thought he might have a future with the cats.However, the defensive line as of today is an area of depth for the CATS.

  4. Skooms
    6:52 pm May 1, 2020 Permalink


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  6. Dark Soul
    12:03 pm May 2, 2020 Permalink

    3 star defensive lineman are pretty big losses.