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Davonte Robinson planning to return for extra season

This would be huge for Kentucky’s defense.

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The Kentucky Wildcats are going to lose a lot of starters on both sides of the ball. But as it stands, it looks like secondary will get a key piece back in the form of Davonte Robinson.

A fifth-year senior, Robinson did not take part in Saturday’s Senior Day festivities, a clear sign he was planning to return for Year 6 in 2021.

After the 41-18 thrashing of South Carolina, Stoops revealed the plan for the Henry Clay alum is to be back next year.

This would be great news for the secondary, which is already replacing two starters as Kelvin Joseph has already opted out and Brandin Echols is a graduate who took part in Senior Day.

Playing both safety and nickelback, Robinson was a quality starter for the historic 2018 defense. However, a season-ending quadriceps injury kept him from playing at all in 2019. And because he already used a redshirt, 2020 would have normally been his final season.

But because the NCAA granted a free year of eligibility, Robinson can now return for a sixth season in Lexington. It appears that is the likeliest scenario heading into the offseason.