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Kiyaunta Goodwin To Become A Florida Gator

Updated: Jan 26, 2023

On December 16, former five-tar recruit, Kiyaunta Goodwin, announced that he would be entering his name into the transfer portal. Today, it was announced that Goodwin would be leaving the Kentucky Wildcats and heading down south to the swamp where he will become a Florida Gator.


The 6'8" and 350 pound offensive tackle from Charlestown, Indiana, signed his letter of intent with Kentucky exactly a year before he announced his transfer portal decision back on December 16, 2021. Goodwin was ranked as the top offensive tackle and the top overall player in the state of Indiana in 2021. However, he did not receive many snaps as a Wildcat in his lone year there.


The little bit of playing time that Goodwin did receive was mainly limited to special teams' plays. Many fans were confused as to why, with all of the issues on the offensive line last year, Goodwin didn't have more opportunities on offense, especially with his size. That might just be one of the reasons as to why head coach Mark Stoops couldn't seem to get Goodwin into the lineup: his size. Yes, Kiyaunta has the size, strength, and what most would consider an ideal lineman body, however, one thing that stood out to me about him is that he got beat out by the opposing player that he was facing time and time again.


Not only that but with great size, you also give up speed and stamina. That could have been what hindered him during his time at Kentucky. It hurts to not be able to have Goodwin for another season, to ultimately see what could have been, especially with him being local to the Louisville area. I trust that the Kentucky Football coaching staff did everything in their power to keep Kiyaunta Goodwin if they still wanted him here at Kentucky, but, this is just part of it. I wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors as a Gator (except when Kentucky plays Florida next season).

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