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Josh Ali talks upcoming decision on returning to UK or going pro

Will we be seeing Ali back at Kroger Field next season?

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The Kentucky Wildcats’ top wideout this season could be a candidate to use the extra year of eligibility granted by the NCAA.

However, we’ll be waiting for around another week until Ali announces where he’ll be in 2021.

Ali took the podium Tuesday afternoon as the Cats prepare for the Gator Bowl this Saturday, and he was asked about the next step in his football career.

“I’ll be answering that after the bowl game. I’m just worried about the bowl game for right now.”

Ali was then asked for his thoughts on new offensive coordinator Liam Coen being added to the staff.

“I’m very excited. It’s always good to have a new start, a fresh start,” Ali said. “He’s coming in from the NFL, so that’s really exciting. I’m just excited about the things he’s bringing to this offense and I’m excited to learn some new things.”

This quote sounds a lot more promising on the chances of seeing Ali back in Lexington. If he does decide to return, it will be a huge early win for Coen and this new offensive staff.

A position room that got its fair share of critique this season definitely could benefit from returning its top pass-catcher from this past season, especially with all the new faces brought into that room in this recruiting class. Beau Allen and Joey Gatewood probably wouldn’t mind to see Ali out there catching passes next season as well.

This season Ali has recorded career-highs in catches (49) and receiving yards (462) to go with a touchdown grab.

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