Safety Dakotah Tyler has returned to Kentucky's football team, coach Joker Phillips has announced Monday.
Once Tyler, who will be a junior this fall, completes his summer course he'll be able to play this fall. He sat out the 2011 season for personal reasons.
After missing the first two games of the 2010 season because of a sprained ankle, Tyler played in the last 11 games in 2010 and made one start. He registered 13 tackles, one tackle for loss, one pass breakup and forced a fumble. He also contributed on special teams.
Tyler arrived at Kentucky as a running back in 2009, but redshirted his freshman year and moved to defensive back in the spring of 2010.
His return gives the Wildcats another experienced player in the secondary. The Wildcats have two returning starters at safety, in seniors Martavius Neloms and Mikie Benton, but are down two starters at corner. No word yet if he'll get some time at one of the corner spots, but the opportunity is there if the coaches want to take it. Most importantly, he has some experience, which is something Kentucky's secondary needs heading into the 2012 season.