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Sweat one of five leaving Cats

DeMarcus Sweat had four catches for 84 yards and two touchdowns last season

Five players intend to transfer from the Kentucky football team, sources confirmed to on Thursday morning, including talented sophomore wide receiver DeMarcus Sweat.

Sweat, sophomore wide receiver Bookie Cobbins, sophomore linebacker Demarius Rancifer, redshirt freshman cornerback Shawn Blaylock and redshirt freshman safety Sterling Wright are expected to leave the program. Sweat told The Courier-Journal his departure is related to academics, which were an issue at the end of the 2012 season and throughout spring camp. The reasons for the other departures are still unclear.

(*Update, 1:30 p.m. - Kentucky officials confirm the departures of Sweat, Cobbins and Wright. No comment on potential additional departures as of this time; 8:30 p.m. - Kentucky confirms departure of Blaylock.)

The loss of two receivers leaves Kentucky with just four scholarship receivers returning for the 2013 season: Daryl Collins, Rashad Cunningham, A.J. Legree and Demarco Robinson. The Cats do have four highly regarded wideouts arriving as part of the 2013 recruiting class but will likely need to rely on several walk-ons to fill out Neal Brown's 'Air Raid' offense.

The loss of Sweat would appear to have the most impact, as the explosive Georgia native caught four passes for 84 yards and two touchdowns as a true freshman. His first career reception came as a 56-yard scoring strike in a win over Kent State and he also averaged 20.5 yards on 25 kick returns.

Cobbins played in two career games without a reception, while Rancifer recorded one tackle in 11 games, mostly as a special teamer. Wright redshirted the 2012 season.

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