Pyatt receives hardship exemption

UK's Brad Pyatt has had a year of eligibility restored after receiving a hardship exemption from the NCAA...

LEXINGTON, Ky.  --- Kentucky's Brad Pyatt has been granted a hardship exemption for the 2000 season and will have three years of eligibility remaining with the Wildcats, the school announced Wednesday.

Pyatt, a 6-foot, 203-pound receiver, has been plagued by foot and ankle injuries since arriving at UK from Arvada (Colo.) West High School in 1999. He played in the first two games last season, but caught only one pass for 1 yard before his latest injury.

At one point, Pyatt decided to give up football, but returned to the team and had a solid performance this spring. He's currently listed second on the Cats' depth chart at the "Z" receiver position and contending for the starter's job.

"This is a prayer come true," Pyatt said of the hardship exemption.  "I got my foot taken care of (with the surgery) and it feels better than ever.  I feel much more confident and comfortable out there."

Pyatt was a prep All-America selection by SuperPrep and PrepStar magazines following his senior year at Arvada West in which he logged 40 receptions for 926 yards and 16 touchdowns. He showed promise as a true freshman at UK, starting seven of 11 games and making 21 receptions for 207 yards and two touchdowns.


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