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3 Wildcats depart football team

Some unexpected losses, as several of these guys were set to to compete for a starting spots.

NCAA Football: Kentucky at Florida Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Kentucky Wildcats have lost three players this offseason, including two that came as a bit of a surprise.

According to Jon Hale of the Louisville Courier-Journal, junior defensive end Kengera Daniel, junior cornerback Dominique Williams and junior running back Sihiem King have left the team.

King opting to transfer has been known for some time, but the loss of Williams and Daniel hurts Kentucky’s depth on defense. Williams would have challenging for a starting cornerback spot with Derrick Baity, Chris Westry and Lonnie Johnson graduating, while Michael Nesbitt has left the team as well.

That means Kentucky has lost five cornerbacks this offseason, making this easily the biggest question mark going into next season.

As for Daniel, he was set to compete for the starting spot left vacant by Josh Allen, who is set to be a top-five pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

The good news is Kentucky brings in a wealth of talent at both spots in their 2019 class, including JJ Weaver, Shawnkel Knight-Goff, Brandon Echols, Jalen Geiger, MJ Devonshire and Quandre Mosely.