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Kelvin Joseph opting out, preparing for 2021 NFL Draft

Kentucky’s defensive back Kelvin Joseph (1) celebrates a touch down, during the second quarter...
Kentucky’s defensive back Kelvin Joseph (1) celebrates a touch down, during the second quarter of a game between Tennessee and Kentucky at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn. on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020.(Calvin Mattheis/ Pool via News Sentinel | News Sentinel)
Published: Nov. 30, 2020 at 6:54 PM EST
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(WYMT) - On Monday night, sophomore cornerback Kelvin Joseph announced on Twitter that he is opting out of the final game against South Carolina to prepare for the 2021 NFL draft.

Joseph started all nine games this season and recorded four interceptions. The 6-foot-1 cornerback transferred to Kentucky in 2019 from LSU.

“He came in and visited with me after my press conference today, we had a good talk,” Head Mark Stoops said on Kentucky Sports Radio. “Kelvin is a good young man, appreciate what he did for us. He didn’t — I don’t know how to phrase it, it’s really an odd conversation, to be honest with you. He didn’t want to opt-out, but he didn’t want to play this week. Didn’t want to risk injury, I said, “That’s understandable, but that’s not how we’re going to do it.” I can’t just have him out there standing around saying, “I’m not playing in this game.” That’s not a good sign. That’s not the way we’re going to do it here at Kentucky,” added Stoops.

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