The Kentucky Wildcats had a rough first year under head coach Mark Stoops. In his first season as a head coach, Stoops saw his team struggle to a 2-10 record. While the Wildcats were competitive, for the most part, they clearly lacked the talent to compete against one of the nation’s toughest schedules.
Stoops is hoping for an upgrade in talent at nearly every position, and he has a highly-rated recruiting class that plans to sign in February. Some of the players on the 2013 roster have seen the writing on the wall, and know that they are not likely to see much playing time with better players coming in. So, as expected, Kentucky has announced that a pair of players, so far, have left the program.
The one departure that surprised some was that of running back Dyshawn Mobley, who played well over the last two games of the season. Mobley had 92 yards on the ground and scored a touchdown in Kentucky’s loss to the Georgia Bulldogs. And he followed that by rushing for a career-high 143 yards against the Tennessee Volunteers.
Mobley would have been battling returnee Jojo Kemp, transfer Braylon Heard and recruit Stanley “Boom” Williams for playing time next season, so he decided to take his chances elsewhere.
Daryl Collins, a wide receiver, has also left the program. Collins had one catch and one rush this season in limited playing time. His loss should not impact the Wildcats moving forward.
Stoops did get good news, when it was announced that Bud Dupree and Za’Darius Smith would both be returning for their senior seasons. The bookends at defensive end combined for 13 sacks in 2013.
When there is a coaching change, there is going to be turnover, and nothing more should be read into the departures of Mobley and Collins. Stoops will easily replace both with high-end recruits.
Tim Letcher is a contributing writer for RantSports.com and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter @TimLetcher , on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.