Kentucky Reportedly Lands Star Transfer Quarterback To Replace Will Levis

Devin Leary throwing a pass

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Kentucky has some big shoes to fill at quarterback next season.

Levis is heading to the NFL Draft after 2 years as the starter for the Wildcats in which he led the Wildcats to 17 wins and appearances in the Top 25 in both seasons.

With Levis likely about to be an early 1st round selection, Kentucky needed to do something big to replace him at quarterback.

They went out and did exactly that.

Today, On3 Sports reported that NC State’s Devin Leary will be transferring to Kentucky.

Leary was one of the top quarterbacks available in the transfer portal after a very successful career at NC State.

In 2021, he led the Wolfpack to a 9-3 record and a spot in the final Top 25 of the season. That season, he threw for 3433 yards and 35 touchdowns with just 5 interceptions. He was the only player in the country with at least 35 touchdowns who threw 5 or less picks.

This season, he looked to be on his way to another strong season for NC State. The team won 5 of their first 6 games with Leary starting at QB and had worked their way into the Top 15 in the country. Unfortunately, Leary was injured in the 6th game. Before the injury, he had racked up 1265 yards and 11 touchdowns and had added 3 rushing touchdowns.

Now he’ll head to the SEC to lead a Kentucky program that was viewed as one of the nation’s best teams early in the year, but lost 5 of their last 8 games after a strong start.

With Leary under center, Kentucky could once again find themselves in the mix with the conference’s top teams in 2023.