Thankfully, it doesn’t sound like it will be Devin Leary’s last game in the blue and white.
Following Tuesday’s practice, Leary confirmed he plans to play in whatever bowl game Kentucky makes. It’s no secret that opt-outs have become prevalent in the bowl season, but Leary has never played in a bowl, so he’s looking forward to finally getting that opportunity.
Leary also confirmed that, as of now, he’s not applying for a medical redshirt to get one final year of college football in 2024.
Devin Leary sounds like he’ll be playing in the bowl game. Hasn’t gotten the chance to play in one in his career and says it’ll “kind of be a dream come true.”— Aaron Gershon (@agershon99) November 21, 2023
Devin Leary confirms that he has not looked into getting a medical hardship waiver to play next season.— Adam Luckett (@AdamLuckettKSR) November 21, 2023
Because Leary missed so much time due to injury while at NC State, some wondered if he could get a medical redshirt and return to Kentucky for the 2024 season. However, it does not appear that is in the cards.
As for the bowl game, it will be great to see Leary finally play in a postseason game. While NC State did make several bowl games during his time there, Leary was injured at the end of those seasons and missed out on playing in the postseason.
Now, it appears Leary will finally get to play in one, with the early favorite for Kentucky being the Duke’s Mayo Bowl.