The bad news is that Kentucky has lost depth at the defensive line position just a little over a week ahead of the season opener. The good news, though, is that’s easily the deepest unit on the team and the one most capable of absorbing a pair of losses.
The word of the twin tackle transfers comes from Patrick Graffree — by way of John Clay of the Lexington Herald-Leader — the UK defensive lineman who tweeted this morning that he is leaving the Wildcats football program. Additionally, Graffree (pictured) later tweeted that fellow UK line-mate Thomas Chapman is on the way out as well.
Per “Scoop” Graffree, Chapman is transferring to Murray State in a search for more playing time. Graffree himself is headed to Eastern Kentucky for the same reason.
It should be noted that the school has yet to officially announce or acknowledge either departure.
Both Graffree and Chapman were three-star recruits, and both were members of UK’s Class of 2012. Each player also redshirted as true freshmen, and (surprise!) both were buried on the depth chart throughout summer camp.
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