As SEC Media Days get underway today, some roster news for Kentucky – one piece of it pretty bad for the Wildcats. When the first official post-spring depth chart was unveiled in UK's 2014 media guide, senior linebacker Miles Simpson wasn't on it. A school spokesman confirmed Simpson is giving up football because of persistent problems with a hip injury. He will stay in school and graduate in December. Simpson's departure hits the Cats where they could least afford it. Linebacker is the thinnest position on the roster and Simpson had 34 games, 11 starts and 86 career tackles under his belt. Although he lost his starting job and recorded just 11 tackles last season, Simpson was a veteran at a position where UK simply needs bodies at this point. "We regret that Miles will not play this season but understand it is in his long-term best interest," coach Mark Stoops said in a UK-issued statement. "We appreciate Miles' contributions to Kentucky football and wish him the best as he completes his degree and moves forward." Note in the below depth chart that the Wildcats list just two true linebacker positions and a nickelback – defensive back Blake McClain's position – in their base 4-3 package. However, when they use a 3-4 look (which could be often), ends Bud Dupree and Jason Hatcher will both be outside linebackers. As for the quarterback spot, there's no news. There's an "or" between the names of all three contenders: Patrick Towles, Reese Phillips and Drew Barker. Same story at running back between Braylon Heard and Jojo Kemp.
Kentucky LB Miles Simpson's career over
Louisville Courier-Journal | Jul 15