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Kentucky Kickoff Specialist Grant McKinniss Enters Transfer Portal

The University of Kentucky football team runs out onto the field during the game against Georgia on Saturday, November 3, 2018 in Lexington, Ky. Georgia defeated Kentucky 34-17. Photo by Hunter Mitchell.

Kentucky kicker Grant McKinniss has entered the transfer portal, according to Justin Rowland of Rivals. McKinniss will have one season left of eligibility wherever he chooses to play, as he has spent three seasons playing for the Cats.

In McKinniss’s freshman season in which he was the punter for the Cats, he was third in the SEC averaging 39.2 yards per punt. McKinniss redshirt the next season, then spent the two following years as Kentucky’s kickoff specialist as Aussies Matt Panton and Max Duffy took over as the punters through those years. McKinniss in the last two seasons had 84 touchbacks in 133 kickoffs and also played as the holder for field goals.

With Max Duffy, who is a Walter Camp Preseason First-Team All-American, coming back for his last season, McKinniss once again was going to more than likely play the role as kickoff specialist, but will now transfer. With the former kickoff specialist now leaving the program, Mark Stoops is now one scholarship closer to the 85-man roster limit.

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