The Kentucky Wildcats have another player leaving the program as walk-on tight end/fullback Drew Schlegel has entered the NCAA transfer portal.
Schlegel played in all 13 games for the Cats last season mostly in a special teams role but he did catch his first career pass from Sawyer Smith in the SEC opener against the Florida Gators last season. He also returned two kicks for a total of nine yards.
Originally from Colorado, Schlegel followed in his father’s footsteps as Mike played for Kentucky from 1992-95. Derek Terry noted that Schlegel was a Rugby star in high school and led his team to a state title his senior year.
According to the Courier Journal, Schlegel is very passionate about alpacas and plans to go home later in life to start raising them.
If Schlegel decides to stick with football, he will have connections to two other schools in the state as former UK offensive analyst Walt Wells is the head coach at Eastern Kentucky University, and former special teams coach Dean Hood is the head coach at Murray State giving Schlegel some options.
A big reason for the transfer could be the depth that Kentucky has at the tight end position, as they are returning four scholarship players in Justin Rigg, Keaton Upshaw, Brenden Bates, and Nik Ognenovic.
Schlegel was on the SEC Academic Honor Roll three times during his time in Lexington and made the Dean’s List his first year. He is currently on track to graduate with a degree in finance this month.