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Kentucky announces Jalen Whitlow will leave football program after decision to transfer

Jalen Whitlow, who started eight games for Kentucky at quarterback last season, has decided to transfer, the school announced Wednesday.

Jalen Whitlow (Photo from UK Athletics)

Jalen Whitlow (Photo from UK Athletics)

“We respect Jalen and his decision as we want the best for him. I thank Jalen for his contributions to the team,” UK head coach Mark Stoops said on the athletics Twitter account. “I want everyone to understand how hard he has worked and the effort he has given since our staff has been here.”

Whitlow, who started eight games in 2013, will finish the spring semester at UK before transferring. In his two seasons, Whitlow made 15 starts and passed for 1,834 yards to go with 10 touchdowns. He also rushed for 663 yards and nine scores.

“I appreciate the University of Kentucky and what the coaching staff and administration have done for me,” said Whitlow. “I also thank the community and the fan support I have received here. I wish the coaches and my teammates the best of luck.”

Patrick Towles, Reese Phillips, Drew Barker and Maxwell Smith, who is inactive this spring while recovering from injury, will continue to compete for the starting quarterback position. Smith played last year while Towles and Phillips were red-shirts. Barker will be a true freshman next season.

Stoops said he had discussed a position switch with Whitlow to wide receiver, but the player said he preferred to stay at quarterback.

The announcement comes just over a week before the Blue-White Scrimmage, which caps the spring season on April 26.

Whitlow, a 6-2, 217-pound junior, is from Montgomery, Ala. He will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.

(From UKAthletics)

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