A Kentucky defensive line that already had lots of question marks now also has a big hole.
After Monday morning’s practice, Coach Mark Stoops announced that junior defensive tackle Regie Meant is taking some time away from the football program to deal with a “personal issue.”
The head coach asked for media to respect Meant’s privacy at this time and didn’t offer a timeline for Meant’s return nor for his time away.
“Regie Meant will not be with us for a while,” Stoops said. “He’ll be out indefinitely for personal reasons. I ask you to respect that and leave it alone. It has nothing to do with football or us or playing or anything like that. It has to do with himself. I ask you to just leave that lie and respect him.
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The 6-foot-4 junior from Cape Coral, Fla., played in 10 games last season with four starts and has played in 21 career games with four starts.
Last season, Meant had 31 tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss and a sack.
On the post-spring depth chart, Meant is listed at the starting spot ahead of sophomores Adrian Middleton (eight tackles last season) or Tymere Dubose. The third-string player at that spot is true freshman Kordell Looney.
“It is a blow to us and our depth on the d-line, but other guys will step up,” Stoops said.
Dubose, who played in four games and had one tackle last season, also is listed as the backup nose guard behind Matt Elam on the post-spring depth chart.
When asked who would take Meant’s place in the meantime, Stoops also threw other names out there as possibilities.
“Alvonte (Bell) is a big guy, Courtney Miggins as we talked about,” he said. “We’ll bring some guys along. Kengera (Daniel) needs to really develop. He’s a guy that needs to step up and improve.”