Dupree returning for senior year at UK

Kentucky announced Friday afternoon that junior defensive end Alvin "Bud" Dupree will put off his NFL dreams for a year and return for his final season with the Wildcats.

Kentucky announced Friday afternoon that junior defensive end Alvin "Bud" Dupree will put off his NFL dreams for a year and return for his final season with the Wildcats.

Dupree led all SEC defensive linemen with 61 tackles as a junior. He also posted a team-high 9.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks for the Cats en route to All-SEC honors.

"We are very excited that Bud has decided to return," Coach Mark Stoops said via a statement released by UK Media Relations. "Obviously this is big for our team as we are counting on his leadership in the 2014 season. In regard to his future, I believe that Bud will benefit greatly with another year of development on the field, in the weight room and in his academics."

"I wanted to help Coach Stoops with the program," Dupree said of his reasons to stay. "Coming back another year can help me be a higher draft pick and I have a goal of graduating in December (2014)."

The Irwinton, Ga., native served as a captain in 10 of UK's 12 games this season. He had the best game of his career against Mississippi State, posting 13 tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack. That marked the most tackles in a game by a UK defensive lineman since 1993.


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