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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A little over two months after getting the boot from Syracuse, Ashton Broyld has found himself a new college football home.
Multiple outlets have picked up on the fact that Broyld is now playing for Div. II West Georgia. Broyld left the Orange listed as a running back, but is playing wide receiver according to the team’s official roster.
There was already a familiar face in the locker room upon Broyld’s arrival as Wayne Williams is playing defensive tackle for the Wolves. Williams announced in late June that he had decided to transfer out of Scott Shafer‘s ‘Cuse program.
“I checked in on them,” Shafer said of his two former players Thursday. “I’m happy to see those guys are still playing football.”
In 2013, Broyld led the team in both receptions (52) and receiving yards (452). Broyld was the Orange’s leading receiver through the first three games last season before a lower-leg injury caused him to miss eight of the last nine games.
In late July, Broyld was dismissed for violating unspecified team rules.
In the midst of reports that he had a physical altercation with one of his Tennessee players during summer camp this year, Butch Jones labeled the speculation “absolutely ridiculous.”
Apparently, his bosses agree with the head coach.
At a board meeting Thursday, UT-Knoxville chancellor Jimmy Cheek stated that he and athletic director Dave Hart had done their “due diligence” in investigating the accusations that Jones and senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder were involved in some type of physical skirmish during practice this past August. The end result of interviews with Jones, coaches and players was the conclusion that there was nothing to the reports and message-board rumors.
“There’s been a lot of rumor and misinformation on social media and message boards about an alleged incident during football practice,” Cheek said according to GoVols247.com‘s Wes Rucker. “It’s not our practice to respond to rumors, but I thought it was important to let you know that we’ve done our due diligence and Dave Hart and I are very confident there was no inappropriate conduct with any players or coaches.”
Shortly after Cheek spoke at the board meeting, Crowder took to Twitter with a series of missives that speaks around the issue.