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Brenden Bates enters NFL Draft

The tight end will head to the pros after six years in Lexington.

Brenden Bates. David Wohlabaugh. Isamu Haynes-Sunayama - Sea of Blue

One position room that has been filled with talent for most of the Mark Stoops era has been the tight ends.

With young guys like Jordan Dingle and Josh Kattus making an impact early in their Kentucky Wildcats careers, one player in particular has become a staple over the last six seasons. Brenden Bates.

The 6-foot-5 super senior from Cincinnati came to UK in the class of 2018 from Archbishop Moeller High School in the Queen City, and now Bates has announced he will be heading to the NFL Draft. He took to Twitter to announce the news.

Bates finishes his UK career with 26 catches for 272 yards and two touchdowns, but it was the impact in the run game specifically that he helped bolster with his blocking ability.

Across the NFL, teams are always looking for guys who can make the catches but also guys who aren’t afraid to lay down the hit stick in the blocking game. Bates fits that mold perfectly.

For Kentucky, next season, they will turn the keys over to Dingle and Kattus, while Khamari Anderson will likely get featured early and often to start 2024.

Best of luck to Brenden in this next step of his career!