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Tate Leavitt Departs from the Kentucky Football Team

Offensive lineman Tate Leavitt has left the Kentucky football program.

First reported by Josh Edwards and confirmed by UK officials, Leavitt arrived in the spring of 2016 as the No. 4 junior college offensive tackle in America.  Prior to his Kentucky commitment, the Thornville, Ohio native held offers from Georgia, Alabama, Auburn, South Carolina and Oklahoma.

Shortly after Leavitt got to campus, he was moved to guard and redshirted during the 2016 season.  This year Leavitt has not appeared on any of Kentucky’s two-deep depth charts.  Mason Wolfe, Luke Fortner and Logan Stenberg have taken the snaps Leavitt expected to see.

Article written by Nick Roush

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13 Comments for Tate Leavitt Departs from the Kentucky Football Team



  1. Cokely53
    5:54 pm October 3, 2017 Permalink

    Not surprising after he hasn’t been playing. It’s really a shame when kids like that come in with the hype and don’t pan out like we had all hoped. Good luck to the kid moving forward.



  2. channell
    5:58 pm October 3, 2017 Permalink

    Is UK so deep at that position that the 4th best 2016 junior college offensive lineman can’t get a snap? I could understand it if he went to Ala or Auburn or any of the others. Surely this kid hasn’t forgotten how to play.



    • Rembrandt
      6:49 pm October 3, 2017 Permalink

      Yes, our interior line is that deep, and some of our better players are younger than Leavitt. Leavitt came here as a tackle. When he couldn’t get onto the field because of lateral quickness, he was moved inside. He is probably correct that he will not play ahead of the players on the playing chart. Isn’t anyone’s fault. Happened to Mikel Horton too.



  3. Cat68
    5:58 pm October 3, 2017 Permalink

    Gotta coach ’em up, too.



    • krautdog
      6:15 pm October 3, 2017 Permalink

      AMEN, AMEN!



    • Rembrandt
      6:41 pm October 3, 2017 Permalink

      It isn’t our coaches’ fault that Leavitt couldn’t crack our lineup. All of the linemen are “coached up”. They can only play five at a time on the OL. Leavitt hasn’t played because others have beaten him out. These others were also “coached up”.



    • BigBlueMeade
      7:00 pm October 3, 2017 Permalink

      Agreed



  4. LongTimeReader
    7:26 pm October 3, 2017 Permalink

    This is a good sign for the program, not a bad one. You don’t want to see kids transfer but that also means the players ahead of him are performing at a high level and not letting go of their playing time.



    • jaws2
      7:56 pm October 3, 2017 Permalink

      I don’t see a lot of DE’s crashing down OG’s. They claim he was moved inside.



  5. fairweather
    7:52 pm October 3, 2017 Permalink

    Tate admitted he was getting beat by the DE. Can’t coach speed.



  6. jaws2
    7:54 pm October 3, 2017 Permalink

    Well, after watching Johnson get obliterated against EMU, I shudder to think that our other offensive linemen are superior to this guy. He must reeeaaly be bad if he can’t crack this lineup.



    • foamfinger
      8:40 pm October 3, 2017 Permalink

      We saw what happened with Drake Jackson. They put him in just because he could snap the ball without issues this past week. It’s difficult to say with 100% certainty whether or not he missed assignments or someone else did because we don’t know the protections or assignments of any given play, but the eye test says he isn’t really ready to play O-line in the SEC just yet.



  7. notFromhere
    9:29 pm October 4, 2017 Permalink

    Disappointed it didnt work out for him… A lot of linemen don’t make it here. Used to bother me that so many left, but the end result is that UK has some of the best in the SEC according to people that should know what theyre looking at.

    We’re seeing growing pains right now, as the line is getting used to playing together. That’s what happens when their aren’t a majority of upper-classmen veterans playing on the line with the younger guys