It’s been a month since the Kentucky football program took a hit from the transfer portal, so they were due.

Multiple reports late last week indicated that Grant McKinniss is likely leaving the Wildcats via the NCAA transfer database.  A Kentucky football official has since confirmed that the placekicker is indeed listed in Ye Olde Portal.

Now, for what’s seemingly becoming a daily disclaimer when it comes to transfers.

As we’ve stated myriad times in the past, a player can remove his name from the portal and remain at the same school. At this point, though, other programs are permitted to contact a player without receiving permission from his current football program.

NCAA bylaws also permit schools to pull a portal entrant’s scholarship at the end of the semester in which he entered it.

McKinniss was a three-star member of the Kentucky football Class of 2016.  The Ohio native was rated as the No. 7 punter in the country.  As a true freshman, McKinniss averaged 39.2 yards per punt.  That number was third among freshmen in the SEC.

After taking a redshirt in 2017, McKinniss served as the kickoff specialist for the Wildcats the past two seasons.  The kicker/punter would be leaving Lexington a graduate transfer with one year of eligibility remaining.