Summer attrition for football Cats

Kentucky's football roster for the 2013 season experienced some anticipated summer attrition this week. The school confirmed Wednesday that at least five players will be transferring, including wide receiver Demarcus Sweat.

Kentucky's football roster for the 2013 season experienced some anticipated summer attrition this week. The school confirmed Wednesday that at least five players will be transferring, including wide receiver DeMarcus Sweat.

Sweat, who caught only four passes as a freshman but turned two of them into touchdowns and was a breakaway threat as a kickoff return specialist, was one of two receivers included in the departures. Sophomore Theltus "Bookie" Cobbins is also on his way out, leaving an already razor-thin UK receiving corps even more depth-challenged as Neal Brown attempts to implement the first year of his "Air Raid" offense.

Brown indicated during spring practice that he needed at least nine receivers, minimum, in the rotation to play at the tempo he desires. Only four scholarship receivers remain on the roster: junior Demarco Robinson and sophomores Daryl Collins, A.J. Legree and Rashad Cunninghmam. Between them, they caught 57 passes and had no touchdown receptions in 2012.

That means 2013 signees like Javess Blue, Ryan Timmons, Jeff Badet and Alex Montgomery may play an even bigger role than originally expected in the UK offense. The same could be said for walk-ons like Austin Sheehan and A.J. Johnson, who flashed potential this spring.

It could also lead to the offensive staff getting more creative with athletic tight ends like Steven Borden and Ronnie Shields, two players who spent some time at slot receiver in the spring due to the depth issues.

Redshirt freshman defensive back Shawn Blaylock, redshirt freshman safety Sterling Wright and sophomore linebacker Demarius Rancifer are also leaving the UK program. Blaylock was in position to potentially challenge for playing time at corner, but Wright and Rancifer were buried significantly low on the depth chart.

The corner position is headed by sophomores Cody Quinn, Fred Tiller and J.D. Harmon, as well as junior Eric Simmons. Incoming freshman Jaleel Hytchye and junior college transfer Nate Willis may also be in the mix.


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