Sept 15, 2012; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats linebacker Alvin Dupree (2) tackles Western Kentucky Hilltoppers wide receiver Kadeem Jones (32) at Commonwealth Stadium. Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Alvin "Bud" Dupree bypasses NFL Draft; Will Return for Senior Season



Alvin “Bud” Dupree, a junior defensive end for the Kentucky Wildcats football team, will be returning for his senior season next year after opting to bypass the NFL Draft:

Following a 27-14 loss to the Tennessee Volunteers, Dupree said he would  discuss whether he will return for his senior campaign or enter the National Football League draft next summer with Kentucky coach Mark Stoops and the rest of the defensive coaching staff in the coming weeks.

 “Me and coach (Stoops) are going to talk about that over the next couple of weeks as well as other players just to see where we stand,” he said. “I’ve just got to talk to my coaches and see.”

A second-team All-SEC selection last week, Dupree should be a first-team all-conference pick if he continues to improve this offseason in his second year under Stoops.

Dupree had a great year for Kentucky ranking 37th in the conference with 61 tackles, including 5.5 tackles per game. He finished the season with a team-best seven sacks, ranking sixth in the conference and 40th in the nation in that category.

Dupree also finished with a team-high 9.5 tackles for loss, one pass breakup, three quarterback hurries and two fumbles forced.



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