David Wohlabaugh was one of more than a dozen former Wildcats that sought out greener pastures in the transfer portal this offseason. He found a nice landing spot, but fate has derailed his 2023 college football season.
The Ohio native was a week one starter for the Wildcats in 2022. He lost that role, but still appeared in eight games. When Kentucky upgraded its talent in the transfer portal, he took his talents to Syracuse and quickly emerged as the starting right tackle for the Orange.
In the second quarter of a week two matchup against Western Michigan, a Broncos defender fell on Wohlabaugh. He exited the game and was seen on crutches on the sideline during the second half. Head coach Dino Babers confirmed Thursday night that Wohlabaugh suffered a season-ending injury.
It’s a deflating injury for the former Cat who was a great locker room guy during his time in Lexington. The bad news might not be at the worst possible time. Only two games into the season, down the road he could pursue a medical redshirt to receive an extra year of eligibility.
How other Former Wildcats are Performing at New Schools
Coach Prime has made headlines ever since he took over as the head coach at Colorado, first by completely flipping the roster in the transfer portal. Two of the 50+ players Colorado added were from Kentucky, RB Kavosiey Smoke and DB Vito Tisdale. Neither have played a significant role in the Buffs’ early season success. Smoke has one carry for zero yards and Tisdale does not even have a picture in his official Colorado team bio.
Tomiwa Durojaiye has turned out to be a great addition for Neal Brown. Through two weeks he leads West Virginia with 2.5 sacks. This week they’ll host Pittsburgh in the highly-anticipated Backyard Brawl.
A few former wide receivers are catching passes elsewhere. DeMarcus Harris has six receptions for 42 yards in two weeks at Marshall. Last week Chris Lewis logged his first significant action, catching 5 passes for 50 yards and a touchdown for Troy in a big loss at Kansas State. Chauncey Magwood has yet to record a reception for UCF. The same goes for Rahsaan Lewis and Keaton Upshaw at Georgia Southern.
The highest-profile departure was former five-star signee Justin Rogers. He has three tackles, zero behind the line of scrimmage, for the Tigers, who squeaked out a win at Cal late Saturday night.