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COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Central Hardin grad Graffree leaving Kentucky for Eastern Kentucky (08/25)

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LEXINGTON — Kentucky freshman defensive tackle Patrick Graffree has announced via Twitter he will transfer to Eastern Kentucky on Friday.

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said after Friday’s practice that Graffree’s decision surprised him but acknowledged that the 6-foot-4, 286-pound Elizabethtown native “may not have been happy” about his place in the program when the two talked at the conclusion of fall camp this week.

“We wish Patrick the best,” Stoops said. “You can't ask for a better person. I’ve really learned to appreciate Patrick and all the work he’s done for us, and I wish him nothing but the best.”

Graffree, a former Central Hardin standout, was redshirted last season. He was recruited by Stoops’ predecessor Joker Phillips. Graffree was trying to put himself in position to be a backup at tackle behind senior starters Mister Cobble and Donte Rumph.

“Transferring to play football for Eastern Kentucky University this fall! #GoBigE,” Graffree tweeted Friday morning.

On Saturday, Graffree tweeted, “Moving in today at EKU.....the first game is this Thursday against Robert Morris. #GoBigE.”

Eastern Kentucky didn’t have anything about Graffree’s transfer on its web site. Graffree would become eligible to play this season since he is going from a Football Bowl Subdivision school to a Football Championship Subdivision one.

Graffree joins former John Hardin stars Domonick Brown and Wade Holtsclaw at Eastern Kentucky. Brown, the two-time Area Defensive Player of the Year, signed with the Colonels in the winter, while Holtsclaw is a walk-on.