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Will Levis Announces His Decision On Kentucky's Bowl Game, 2023 NFL Draft

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Kentucky quarterback Will Levis announced Wednesday that he will declare for the NFL Draft and skip the Wildcats' bowl game.

Will Levis' time in a Kentucky uniform has officially come to an end.

The star quarterback announced on Twitter Wednesday that he will declare for the NFL Draft. 

As a result, Levis will not take the field when the Wildcats face Iowa in the Music City Bowl on Dec. 31.

"After much thought, I have decided to forego my final college football game, look to that next step and declare for the NFL Draft," Levis wrote as part of a heartfelt goodbye message. "To my teammates, UK staff members, Wildcat community and BBN, I cannot thank you enough. I'll forever be indebted to all those I had the pleasure to cross paths with here, and my immense love for you will remain strong in my heart, forever."

Levis had one season of college eligibility remaining, but his decision to turn pro doesn't come as a surprise. He is widely projected as a first-round pick in this spring's NFL Draft, with some analysts predicting he could go as high as No. 3 overall.

Levis came to Kentucky prior to the 2021 season as a transfer from Penn State. 

In two seasons, he led the Wildcats to a record of 17-8. He threw for 5,876 yards and scored 54 total touchdowns compared to 23 interceptions over the past two years.

Redshirt freshman Kaiya Sheron is expected to start in place of Levis in the Music City Bowl. Sheron completed 17 of 29 passes for 187 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in four appearances this season.

A strong performance in the bowl game could cement Sheron as the favorite to lead Kentucky's offense in 2023. The Wildcats currently have two other quarterbacks on their roster in freshman Destin Wade and Iowa transfer Deuce Hogan. 

It's possible head coach Mark Stoops could look to the transfer portal to find Levis' replacement, as well.

Not only will Kentucky not have its quarterback for its postseason matchup against Iowa, the Wildcats will have a new coach calling the plays, too. Stoops fired first-year offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello last week.