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Kentucky loses another defensive end candidate

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

Scratch Donte Rumph's name from the list of candidates to step in at defensive end this season for Kentucky.

Coach Rich Brooks announced Wednesday that Rumph plans to attend junior college. The Wildcats were hoping that Rumph would qualify academically and provide some help at one of the two end spots that are vacant.

It's a tough blow for Kentucky and a tough blow for the 6-foot-2, 265-pound Rumph, who originally signed with the Wildcats in 2008 out of Calhoun County High in St. Matthews, S.C., but failed to qualify. He attended Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy last year and re-signed with the Wildcats, but again fell short academically.

Kentucky is looking for a pair of starters at defensive end after senior Jeremy Jarmon was declared ineligible by the NCAA for testing positive for a banned dietary supplement.

Rumph would have contended for immediate playing time along with redshirt freshman Collins Ukwu, sophomore Chandler Burden and junior college newcomer DeQuin Evans. There's not a defensive end on Kentucky's roster who's ever recorded a sack in a college game.

The Wildcats will open preseason practice on Thursday, and Brooks did announce that receiver/tight end Anthony Kendrick of Katy, Texas, had made it academically and would be with the team in August.