LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky junior defensive end Alvin “Bud” Dupree, who led Kentucky in tackles for loss and sacks in 2013, has elected to return to UK and will not enter the 2014 NFL Draft, he announced on Friday.
“We are very excited that Bud has decided to return,” Coach Mark Stoops said. “Obviously this is big for our team as we are counting on his leadership in the 2014 season. In regard to his future, I believe that Bud will benefit greatly with another year of development on the field, in the weight room and in his academics.”
“I wanted to help Coach Stoops with the program,” Dupree said of his reasons to stay. “Coming back another year can help me be a higher draft pick and I have a goal of graduating in December (2014).”
Dupree led all Southeastern Conference defensive linemen with 61 tackles in the 2013 season. The native of Irwinton, Ga., finished the season with a team-best seven sacks, ranking sixth in the conference and 40th in the nation in that category. The junior also finished with a team-high 9.5 tackles for loss, one pass breakup, three quarterback hurries and two fumbles forced. Dupree had a career game against Mississippi State with 13 tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack. The 13 tackles in a game was the most for a UK defensive lineman since game-by-game records were available back to 1993.
The junior’s strong season has drawn praise as he has been named a second-team All-SEC performer by The Associated Press and third-team All-SEC by College Sports Madness. Dupree began 2013 on the College Football Performance Awards Defensive Lineman Trophy Watch List, which is given to the nation’s best defensive lineman and was named Preseason All-SEC by league coaches, media, College Sports Madness and Phil Steele’s College Football.
Dupree, who served as a captain in 10 of UK’s 12 games, was named Sophomore All-America second team last season by CollegeFootballNews.com and was an All-SEC third-team honoree by Phil Steele’s College Football and College Football Madness in 2012.