Miller Leaves Team; Sumrall Hired as GA

Aaron Miller, an offensive tackle on the Kentucky football team, has left the team for personal reasons, Coach Rich Brooks has announced. "We certainly will miss Aaron as a football player, but our first concern is for him and we wish him well," Brooks said. "He will not be with us this fall but we are hopeful he will rejoin us at a later date."

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Aaron Miller, an offensive tackle on the Kentucky football team, has left the team for personal reasons, Coach Rich Brooks has announced.

"We certainly will miss Aaron as a football player, but our first concern is for him and we wish him well," Brooks said. "He will not be with us this fall but we are hopeful he will rejoin us at a later date."

Miller started 10 games last season as a true freshman. He was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team by The Sporting News and was Kentucky's Most Outstanding First-Year Player as chosen by the UK coaches.

Brooks said that junior-college transfer Fatu Turituri, who earned a starting role at left guard in spring practice, will switch to left tackle. In moving to tackle, Turituri returns to the position at which he played both seasons in junior college. Junior Michael Aitcheson will move into Turituri's spot at left guard, although the coach noted that Trai Williams or Micah Jones could be moved to help at that position. Williams and Jones had a spirited competition at right guard in spring practice.

Sumrall Hired as Graduate Assistant Coach

Jon Sumrall has been hired as a graduate assistant coach, Coach Rich Brooks has announced. He will work with the Wildcat defense, primarily with the linebackers and safeties.

Sumrall was expected to be a fifth-year senior for the Wildcats in 2005, but in spring practice it was discovered that he has a medical condition which makes him more susceptible to neck injuries, forcing him to give up his playing career.

Sumrall planned to stay with the team as a student assistant coach for the coming season, but was able to move into the graduate assistant position when Gerad Parker took a high school coaching job.

"It's fortunate that Jon graduated in four years, which enables him to be a graduate assistant," Brooks said. "Although we're disappointed that his playing career is over, the same qualities that made him a good Southeastern Conference football player will make him a good coach."

Sumrall was a three-year letterman for the Wildcats from 2002-04. A former all-state performer in high school (Huntsville, Ala.), he came to UK as a defensive back and moved to linebacker during the 2002 season. He totaled 91 tackles during his career. His best season came in 2004 when he started every game while leading the defense with 72 tackles.

"I'm excited to be working at Kentucky,"Sumrall said. "It means a lot to stay here and be at the place I love. I'm thankful to Coach Brooks and the staff for the opportunity to grow as a coach and learn from them."

Sumrall completed his bachelor's degree in finance and will begin graduate study in the fall. He has been a member of the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll and also was selected for the Frank G. Ham Society of Character by UK Athletics.


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