With Will Levis currently impressing NFL scouts, the big question beginning with Monday’s spring practice is — who will replace the prolific Kentucky quarterback? Well, N.C. State transfer Devin Leary is healed up enough from a pectoral injury to make a go of it, and he could be a massive addition to the Wildcats.
Leary has one year of eligibility remaining after starting for multiple seasons at N.C. State. Leary is the clear favorite to win the starting job and will join 2022 reserve quarterbacks Destin Wade, Kaiya Sheron, and Deuce Hogan in the QB room.
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“He’s close to full go. I’m very excited about the [quarterbacks] room and the guys we had here and their progression, and then obviously adding a guy like Devin and the experience he has,” Kentucky head football coach Mark Stoops told ESPN.
“I think we addressed some areas at the offensive line to help us and at the receiver position as well having some guys with more experience, but I think Devin is much like Will in that he has the physical attributes you’re looking for, but also has the leadership qualities.”
DEVIN LEARY INTERVIEW
I went to Lexington for an exclusive conversation with the new face of @UKFootball Devin Leary.@DevinLeary1 opened up about his decision to transfer, recovery from injury, picking UK, expectations for the ’23, talks w/ Will Levis & MUCH more.
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— Adam Breneman (@AdamBreneman81) March 1, 2023
Leary threw for 6,807 yards, 62 touchdowns, and only 16 interceptions in his four years (30 games) with the ACC’s Wolfpack. He completed 60.2 percent of his passes and had a college QB rating of 139.0. The program won 29 games in the four seasons he was on the roster, with 20 losses — along with two bowl game trips.
The former N.C. State quarterback initiated his transfer on Dec. 5 of 2022, and had schools like Auburn, Kentucky, South Carolina, and Notre Dame interested in him, with NIL packages available at each school.
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