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Vito Tisdale Dismissed From UK Football Team

Updated: Mar 22, 2023

UK Football took to Twitter this afternoon to release a bombshell on an already broken Big Blue Nation. The official account tweeted this.

With the second week of spring practice starting up, the news definitely seemed to be unexpected. Tisdale has had multiple issues occur on and off the field during his time at the University of Kentucky, but it looks like the career for the Bowling Green native has come to an abrupt end.

The former 4-star defensive back played in a total of 14 games in his career for the home state team, 7 in 2020 and the other 7 in 2021. After his first season, he was involved in a court case after suspicions arose of an alleged gun at an off-campus party. After being cleared to play, Tisdale totaled 19 tackles and recorded one sack. Vito also suffered an ACL injury in the 2022 spring camp that sidelined him for the entire following season.

As the Cats look to move forward through spring practice, this gives the safety spots more flexibility to fight through errors. With Zion Childress, Alex Afari, Jordan Lovett, and Jalen Geiger returning for the 2023 season, the loss of Tisdale may not be as backbreaking as one would think. That nickel spot is one of the toughest under a Stoops defense, and Afari looks to be fitting the part early in that role.

Mark Stoops appeared in front of media recently after the first spring practice concluded, and reporters gathered injury updates on players. Mark did provide an update on Vito Tisdale by saying that he was almost 'full go' and would soon start full contact. The now former Kentucky defensive back took to Twitter today by tweeting a picture of his thoughts and to thank the fans and teammates for all of their support over the years.

He finishes his post by saying, "... thank you for always supporting me through thick and thin."

Kentucky continues spring practice through this week and combinates with NFL Pro Day at the end of the week. Further Kentucky news including views from Pro Day and what is happening around the football program will be here at as we move through the spring.

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