By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky could be looking for a new kickoff specialist next season after senior Grant McKinnis put his name into the transfer portal. He would be a graduate transfer and be eligible to play this season.
Senior Matt Ruffolo was UK’s No. 1 placekicker when the 2019 season ended after making four of five field goals and 18 of 20 extra points. His longest field goal was from 50 yards.
Junior Chance Poore did not meet the expectations most had for him last year or what he had for himself. However, he could be the wild card this year both on field goals and kickoffs because he has a strong, strong leg. He made five of nine field goals last year and 24 of 26 extra points but missed several key field goals before losing the job to Ruffolo.
However, don’t forget he was the No. 1 punter/kicker in the 2018 recruiting class by Prokicker.com. He was the South Carolina Class 5A Specialist of the Year as a senior.
In his recruiting bio in 2018, Prokicker.com noted: “A very talented athlete who dominates his position and has shown great work ethic. He is already capable of launching NFL caliber kickoffs and punts.”
NFL caliber kickoffs? If he had that potential before he got to UK, he should still have it and while losing McKinnis would be a blow to UK, it doesn’t seem to me it would be a devastating blow because I think Poore has a lot to show this season.