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Three senior Wildcats will leave Kentucky before their final season

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

Article written by Maggie Davis

I love sports, podcasts, long walks on the beach and Twitter (@MaggieDavisKSR)

9 Comments for Three senior Wildcats will leave Kentucky before their final season

  1. michaelb
    7:49 pm February 6, 2019 Permalink

    Rose is ready to be a top 5 sec rusher. His style is great/ way diff from Benny’s but it’s okay . Aj is a step faster & great potential this year . Can’t wait to see what he can do with an actual opportunity

    8:25 pm February 6, 2019 Permalink

    Really? Seriously!? We only used 1 back 80% of the time last year! You know anything about our RB position? I think we will be all right with the 4 we have. King wouldn’t be getting g any PT hardly this year. Smoke and Rodriguez will be getting all his snaps. Plus Tisdale the freshman is better then King. I am sure the Cats and the RB room will be just fine!! Pppofffeewww make it sound like the sky is falling. I bet your a liberal.

    • The Professor
      8:38 pm February 6, 2019 Permalink

      I bet you flunked English, “you’re”.

    • Matt10
      10:21 pm February 6, 2019 Permalink

      @professor, I bet you wear short sleeve button shirts buttoned all the way up, have a pocket protector with your favorite pens and a big Hall Monitor botton pinned to your lapel. 😉

    • Matt10
      10:22 pm February 6, 2019 Permalink

      *button. Lol

  3. notFromhere
    10:02 pm February 6, 2019 Permalink

    William’s surprises me. Neither of the other 2 surprise me. They put in their time and couldn’t crack the rotation. Hope the youngins can come along quickly

    • JASUN74
      2:44 am February 7, 2019 Permalink

      I hear you bud, but Daniels was going to play a big time roll this year. Talked to his dad a few times and he said he had been hitting it hard to get ready this year for UK. Said he had gained weight and muscle and even seemed quicker, and gotten a lot better. This is a very bad loss. Not because we don’t have players to replace him, we do, but just the big investment we put into him. Man we let him redshirt to get bigger and better, he’s gotten to learn and watch Josh ALLEN, all on our dime!! Sucks.

      Even if we have someone better (and I don’t believe we do at this point in their development) , than what he was supposed to be this year, that’s not the point. The point is, we’ve put a couple years into him, feeding and teaching him and he’s had everything give To him to succeed and help the cats. This is just how kids are these days I guess.

      And his dad acted like he was soo waiting to play and be great this year. I swear you can’t believe anything anyone says anymore. Lol. End of my rant I guess. Hahahahaha. I does suck though because I really saw a lot of potential in him and with The Whole year to get ready to play, he just flat out screwed us. Bad!! Ohh well. Gives Big Weaver and the other young guys a better shot, but it’s a bad loss. Lol. I sound like a 16 year old that just got dumped. Hahahahaha. Sorry about that. Lol. Thanks brother.

      Ohh one more thing, Bigolpieceofshit, **** ***!!!!!! Rotflmfao!!!!!

    • notFromhere
      11:03 am February 7, 2019 Permalink

      I never like losing the investment. Never. It sucks in that regard, but there’s a reason he’s leaving that is selfish in some way, so it might have played out like other transfers in the end. Denzil or others…

    • notFromhere
      11:10 am February 7, 2019 Permalink

      Right there with you on that, JASUN74