LEXINGTON, Ky. — Top Kentucky receiver Jeff Badet announced his surprise transfer Friday morning.
Badet, who led the Wildcats with 670 receiving yards and more than 21 yards per catch, will graduate in May and be able to play immediately at his next school.
“I want to thank all the coaches, especially Coach Stoops, for everything they’ve done for me over the past four years,” Badet said in a statement released by the school. “I also want to thank my brothers on the team and the Big Blue Nation for their support. I just feel like it’s the best decision for me to finish my career as a graduate transfer. I’ll always be proud of receiving my degree from UK and I’ll bleed blue forever.”
Badet became the favorite deep threat target of quarterback Stephen Johnson.
His career totals include 82 receptions for 1,385 yards, a 16.9-yard average, and seven touchdowns.
“I appreciate Jeff and the contributions he made to the program during his time here,” Mark Stoops said in a statement. “We wish him the best of luck in the future.”
Badet announced his decision on Twitter. He thanked Stoops, his teammates and the fans.
“I can truly say BBN without a doubt is the best fan base in the country,” he wrote.
Letter to the BBN.. pic.twitter.com/YD2jJ4Egue
— Jeff Badet (@uk_jb4) January 13, 2017