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Safety returning to Kentucky after sitting out 2011 season

Dakotah Tyler sat out the 2011-2012 school year for what Kentucky described as undisclosed “personal reasons.”

This season, however, the defensive back will be back with the Wildcats.

In a press release, head coach Joker Phillips announced that Tyler has returned to the UK football team. The release went on to explain that, upon the completion of summer-school courses, Tyler will be able to play in the 2012 season.

He will be a junior eligibility-wise.

After redshirting as a true freshman in 2009 -- and moving from running back to the secondary -- Tyler played 11 games at safety for the Wildcats. He was credited with 13 tackles that season, and is expected to compete for time in the defensive back rotation beginning in summer camp.