There has been a rash of potentially high-impact NFL players returning to school in recent days, and we can add another name to that prestigious list.
Kentucky announces junior DE Bud Dupree, who led SEC DL in tackles will return for senior year & not enter NFL Draft
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) December 13, 2013
Kentucky defensive lineman Alvin “Bud” Dupree joins Marcus Mariota and (potentially) Teddy Bridgewater by passing on the NFL Draft in order to return for another season with the Wildcats. ESPN’s Brett McMurphy notes above that Dupree led all SEC defensive lineman in tackles this season with 61 (35 solo, 26 assisted) and in addition to that great number, the monstrous defensive end added 7 sacks and 9.5 tackles this season.
The 6-foot-3, 252-pound rush end has been profiled by some as a potential 1st-round draft pick, and with the state of the Kentucky program (they finished this season 2-10), that’s a significant “addition” to next year’s club. Make no mistake, Dupree isn’t quite in the class of Mariota and Bridgewater in terms of NFL hype, but that doesn’t stop it from being a significant surprise in the eyes of many to see him return to school.
Hopefully, for the young man’s sake, he’s making the right choice, and Dupree will return to Lexington ready to dominate as a senior.