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Akeem Hayes enters transfer portal

The wide receiver was unhappy with his role in the UK offense last season.

NCAA Football: Mississippi at Kentucky Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

Kentucky Wildcats wide receiver Akeem Hayes will not be returning to Lexington next season, as the redshirt junior announced he has decided to enter the transfer portal.

Hayes arrived in Lexington before the 2018 season out of Chaminade-Madonna High School in Hollywood, Florida, where he was teammates with fellow UK wideout Josh Ali.

After playing just one game and making one catch in 2018, he picked up a redshirt year. In 2019, he missed the first four games of the season due to an academic issue but returned to play in eight games and made one catch for five yards at Vanderbilt while adding a rush attempt for two yards against Arkansas.

Last season, Haye’s season got off to a solid start as he caught a touchdown pass in the season opener against Auburn, but his playing time diminished as the season went on, leading to a series of now tweets that showcased his frustration.

He finished the season with just four catches for 54 yards and a score with 30 of those yards coming against Ole Miss in Week 2.

Hayes will have three years of eligibility remaining at whichever school he decides to transfer to.