March 06, 2013
It looks like Kentucky has found its replacement for Andre Woodson.
According to a report from footballscoop.com, Kentucky's fourth graduate assistant for the spring will be former Northwestern (Louisiana) State assistant Matt Powledge. He spent 2012 coaching tight ends and inside receivers for the Demons, an FCS program.
UK football spokesman Tony Neely couldn't confirm the hire as of Wednesday. He did say it is possible for a GA to begin working mid-semester. NCAA rules state that a GA can begin working with a program if he's been accepted for the next semester of classes, even if it's too late for him to enroll in the current semester (this week is mid-terms at UK).
Powledge worked with safeties/special teams coach Bradley Dale Peveto at Northwestern State last season, where Peveto was head coach. He also played at Sam Houston State when UK wide receivers coach Tommy Mainord was there. After finishing his playing career, he spent 2010 and 2011 as an assistant at Southeastern Louisana, another FCS program.
You can follow Powledge on Twitter here (@CoachPowledge).
Woodson left just after New Year's to take a full-time assistant job at Morehead State.
The NCAA allows each program to have four graduate assistants, which are on-field coaching positions. They're traditionally spots for young coaches to learn the ropes while launching their careers. Kyle Krantz and Steven Montalvo were UK's defensive GAs last year, and they're both back. Tyler Sargent* was the other offensive GA in 2012, and he returns as well.
*An earlier edition of this post misidentified Josh Estes-Waugh as UK's other offensive GA in 2012. Estes-Waugh was a video assistant with the program last year.