The Kentucky Wildcats football program is having a heck of a day in Jacksonville.
Not only did the Cats beat NC State to win the Gator Bowl, but they got a key offensive player back for the 2021 season.
Shortly after the 23-21 win over the Wolfpack, wide receiver Josh Ali announced he’s returning next season.
A true senior in 2020, Ali will use the NCAA eligibility relief ruling to get an extra season. He’ll be a fifth-year senior in 2021. He finished the Gator Bowl with four grabs for 18 yards, giving him 53 grabs for 480 yards and one score this season. He famously caught the game-winning touchdown in Kentucky’s Belk Bowl win over Virginia Tech last season.
Most of Kentucky’s seniors are expected to depart for their post-college football careers, but there will be a few who choose to use an extra year of eligibility to return in 2021. Ali was easily one of the most important, so getting him back is great news for Kentucky’s offense as it looks to take the next step forward under new offensive coordinator Liam Coen, which could help Ali have a big 2021 season that puts him on NFL teams’ radars.
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