Starting player Colin Goodfellow returns to Kentucky

Twice since the end of the 2021 season, Kentucky started as a punter Colin Goodfellow entered his name into the transfer portal.

Now, for the second time, Goodfellow has announced that he will be returning to the UK.

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“After a great conversation with the coaching staff, I am pleased to announce that I have made the decision to retire from the transfer portal and return to Kentucky for one final season,” Goodfellow continued Twitter.

I couldn’t be happier with my decision to come back to my home. It was an easy decision considering all the options and I realized I just had more to give here on and off the pitch. I’m excited to be back for my super senior season and I can’t wait for the best season yet.

Let’s ride #BBN!”

Goodfellow also announced his intention to move in January, but withdrew his name from the portal and returned to the UK for spring training.

Goodfellow, a walk-on, was named to the Ray Guy Award Watch List for the nation’s top punter after placing third in the SEC in punting with a 10-game average of 45.94. He had 35 punts for 1,608 yards with a 70 long and recorded the second-highest season punting average in school history.

Goodfellow kicked three times for a Mississippi State average of 53.7 yards, had a career-long 70-yarder for the second game in a row, and became the first player in school history to have two punts from at least 70 yards during his career. He punched seven times for a 51.1-yard average at No. 1 Georgia, a 63-yarder in the second quarter followed by a 70-yarder in the third quarter. Making his first appearance of the season against Chattanooga, Goodfellow had four 50.5-yard averages, including two that were put down inside the Mocs’ 20-yard line. He jabbed three times for an average of 45.7 yards, including two punts inside the 20-yard line against LSU, who had no punt return yardage and the Tigers’ average starting position was their own 15-yard line.

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He graduated from UK Nursing in May 2021 and is currently pursuing a postgraduate degree in Kinesiology and Health Promotion.

Australia freshman Wilson Berry, who was named a starter before the start of the 2021 season, had four punts for 148 yards (37.0) with a punt in place of the 20-yard line in two games played before missing the rest of the season with a back injury.

Aussie punter, 2019 Ray Guy Award winner and First Team All-American and all-time leading punter Max Duffy was a 3-year-old starter in Kentucky.

Berry is the younger brother of Pittsburgh Steelers’ Jordan Berry, who was drafted to eastern Kentucky by former British assistant Dean Hood. The elder Berry met his future wife at EKU, which led to a visit by Wilson to Lexington.

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