University of Kentucky officials confirmed Wednesday that little-used wide receiver Thaddeus Snodgrass has decided to leave the football program.
The redshirt freshman from Springfield, Ohio, hadn't caught a pass this season and was listed simply as participating in the Missouri, South Carolina and Eastern Kentucky games this season.
A speedy wide receiver rated a four-star player by every national recruiting service, Snodgrass struggled with some minor injuries during his two seasons in Lexington.
Snodgrass was listed as No. 2 on the depth chart behind Dorian Baker at that wide receiver spot before the Auburn game, when his name was replaced by Garrett Johnson.
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When asked about the change, head coach Mark Stoops said: "There's some other guys playing, and he's been having his struggles, but we'll see where that goes."
Snodgrass had a long catch for a touchdown in one of the Cats' open spring practices and drew praise from Stoops in April.
"We really feel like he's got a bright future," Stoops said. "He's strong and he's got a lot of upside. He's a guy we feel like can help us outside, got some deep balls, just needs to be a little bit more consistent."
Kentucky had multiple defections before the season started, including cornerback Jaleel Hytchye and linebacker Dorian Hendrix as well as offensive linemen Josh Krok and Nick Richardson. Senior wide receiver Rashad Cunningham opted not to play this season.