Three defenders have parted ways with Kentucky football.
Defensive end Justin Henderson, defensive tackle Nermin Delic and linebacker Tim Patterson are no longer with the team, UK spokesman Tony Neely confirmed on Monday.
Henderson and Patterson opted to leave the program and Delic was forced to leave after an unspecified violation of team rules.
Including these latest defections, UK has lost six players on the defensive side of the ball since the end of the 2011 season. The most high profile of those was linebacker Ridge Wilson, who was arrested on felony drug charges in late February and dismissed from the team.
Of the three latest departures, only Henderson saw action last season, playing in four games after taking a red shirt his freshman year. The 6-foot-3, 242-pound sophomore was listed on the spring depth chart as second string behind Alvin “Bud” Dupree.
Delic, who left UK last fall and had several surgeries (to repair a torn groin, remove a blood clot and to remove a rib), played in eight games as a freshman, where he showed promise, including a getting a quarterback sack and forcing fumble.
Patterson, a 6-4, 250-pounder from Central, was listed as a third-string weakside linebacker on the spring chart.
Patterson was considered one of the top prospects in Kentucky in 2010. He played in two state championship victories for the Jackets.