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UK shows interest in TE Bauer Sharp and OL Drew Azzopardi

Kentucky is looking for tight end help after losing three players at that position.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 02 Southeastern Louisiana at Mississippi State Photo by Chris McDill/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Kentucky Wildcats have lost two tight ends to the transfer portal, Izayah Cummings and Jordan Dingle, and another one, Brenden Bates, is graduating.

With the losses, they are looking for some help with that position, only having four players playing that position for next year’s team in Josh Kattus, Khamari Anderson, Jack Monday, and Tanner Lemaster.

With Kentucky needing to add to that position, they are looking at Bauer Sharp, who just recently transferred from Southeastern Louisiana.

Sharp first started his collegiate career as a quarterback in 2021, but during the 2022 season, he changed to tight end. In his first season as a tight end, he had 11 catches for 78 yards and a touchdown.

This year, he had 29 catches, 288 receiving yards, and three touchdowns.

Since transferring, he has heard from Tennessee, Mississippi State, Utah, Alabama, Penn State, Illinois, Louisville, Colorado, SMU, and Oregon State.

He’s also heard from Kentucky recently, according to Chris Hummer of 247Sports.

Bauer is set to visit Utah and Tennessee, but Kentucky is hoping to get him on a visit soon.

As for what Bauer is looking for in his next school, he is trying to develop to be a better player.

“I want a school that will utilize and develop my abilities at the highest level,” Sharp tells Hummer of 247Sports.

With Kentucky on the hunt for another tight end to fill the three players leaving, they will need to quickly fill the gap this offseason to prepare for next year.

Not only is Kentucky looking to add to the tight end position but also their offensive line. Kentucky still struggled this year by giving up 20 sacks. Although it was better than last year, they are trying to continue improving.

Kentucky has reached out to San Diego State offensive tackle Drew Azzopardi, who has three years of eligibility still left. Azzopardi recently announced a scholarship offer from Kentucky. The 6-foot-7, 315-pounder has also heard from Arizona, UCLA, Arizona State, and Houston, among others.

Originally a 3-star class of 2022 recruit from San Mateo (CA), Azzopardi redshirted in his first year with the Aztecs. This season, he began the season as a backup but started the final six games, earning a 66.7 PFF grade while allowing just six hurries, two QB hits, and one sack in 193 pass-blocking snaps.

Hopefully, Kentucky can continue to make the Big Blue Wall better, as they have struggled the past two years with giving up too many sacks. Perhaps Azzopardi can aid those efforts.