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Players that have opted-out or are injured for Kentucky in Music City Bowl

We’ll keep an updated list of the Kentucky players that have chosen not to play in the Music City Bowl at the end of the 2022 season.

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The Kentucky Wildcats will face the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Music City Bowl on December 31, but they will be playing without star quarterback Will Levis.

Levis announced his intent to opt out of the bowl game to prepare for the NFL draft in part of a growing movement of senior opt-outs in non-CFP games. Some players choose not to play in bowls to protect their health, while others have already entered the transfer portal and are looking for a new home in college football.

Kentucky finished the season with a 7-5 record. Levis is expected to be one of the top quarterbacks of his class picked in this year’s draft.

Here is the latest list of players for the Kentucky Wildcats that won’t be participating in the 2022 Music City Bowl.

Opt-outs for NFL Draft or transfer portal

  • OT Kiyaunta Goodwin (transfer portal)
  • WR DeMarcus Harris (transfer portal)
  • RB Ramon Jefferson (transfer portal)
  • QB Will Levis (opt-out)
  • QB Will Levis (opt-out)
  • WR Chris Lewis (transfer portal/Injury)
  • WR Chauncey Magwood (transfer portal)
  • RB Chris Rodriguez (opt-out)
  • RB Kavosiey Smoke (transfer portal)
  • TE Keaton Upshaw (transfer portal)
  • CB Carrington Valentine (opt-out)
  • OG John Young (transfer portal)


  • WR Tayvion Robinson (injury)