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Darryl Long leaves Kentucky Wildcats; Regie Meant may miss season

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Ouch and double ouch.

Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

The Kentucky Wildcats held their annual media day this past Friday, and as is typically the case with the first press conference for the new season, there tends to be some bad news coming out of Mark Stoops' first big meeting with the media.

That wasn't the case then as Stoops had mostly good news to share, but the bad news did end up coming three days later. On Monday, Stoops revealed that tight end Darryl Long would be transferring.

Stoops also announced the projected starting defensive lineman Regie Meant is out indefinitely due to personal reasons. Stoops added that Meant might not return this season while dealing with said issues.

These are two big losses for UK. Long was projected to be the backup tight end behind starter C.J. Conrad. One of the top players from Ohio in the 2014 class, Long signed with UK while holding offers from Louisville, Missouri, Indiana, North Carolina, Pittsburgh and Minnesota among others.

As for Meant, the junior was projected to be UK's starting defensive tackle with sophomore Adrian Middleton and true freshman Kordell Looney behind him.  Last year, Meant became a key member in the defensive line rotation as a redshirt sophomore, playing in 10 games with four starts. He totaled 31 tackles, 1.5 tackles for a loss and one sack, which came vs Florida.

We'll have more details on this story as they become available.