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Kentucky receiver Jeff Badet leaving Wildcats, seeking grad transfer

When Kentucky opens the 2017 college football season, the Wildcats will be without one of their biggest offensive playmakers.

Wide receiver Jeff Badet, who is on track to graduate in May, announced Friday that he plans to seek a graduate transfer use his final year of eligibility at another program. 

“I want to thank all the coaches, especially Coach Stoops, for everything they’ve done for me over the past four years,” Badet said in a statement released by UK. “I also want to thank my brothers on the team and the Big Blue Nation for their support. I just feel like it’s the best decision for me to finish my career as a graduate transfer. I’ll always be proud of receiving my degree from UK and I’ll bleed blue forever.”

It remains unclear where the Florida native intends to transfer, but under the current NCAA rule, he would be eligible to play immediately at the school of his choice.

Badet caught 31 passes for 670 yards and four touchdowns as a junior. His 21.6 yards per catch ranked among the highest figures in the nation. He caught 82 passes for 1,385 yards and seven touchdowns during his UK career.

“I appreciate Jeff and the contributions he made to the program during his time here,” UK head coach Mark Stoops said. “We wish him the best of luck in the future.”

With Badet's departure, senior Garrett "Juice" Johnson will be UK's top returning receiver. He led the team with 39 receptions for 585 yards and five touchdowns this season. 

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