Three Kentucky defenders depart

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.

About Jennifer Smith

Jen Smith has been a sports writer at the Herald-Leader since 2000, covering everything from high school sports to auto racing to various University of Kentucky sports. A native of Louisville and a graduate of the University of Kentucky (much to the dismay of her Louisville graduate mother and Indiana graduate father), Jen now resides in downtown Lexington with her husband and two young sons. You can follow her on Twitter @jenheraldleader or send her an email at
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3 Responses to Three Kentucky defenders depart

  1. jason says:

    As i heard from friends on the team, many were kicked off because of their actions after the Basketball championship. Many football players were among the worst behaved on State Street and surrounding areas.

  2. amy says:

    Why not admit the truth Joker? These players were kicked off because of what they did last Saturday and Monday nights. Hard to miss the football rioters over on State Street when they were all wearing UK football clothing and were all 6’3 260lbs. lol

  3. akyn says:

    Not looking too good for the Cats. What’s new about that. 10 of the top 50 recruiting classes are in the SEC. UK is not one of them. Bottom feeders again!