Part of running Neal Brown’s Air Raid offense is having the depth at wide receiver to keep rotating them in and out. As of today, Kentucky doesn’t have enough pass catchers to meet that need. Brown even said he would have to suit up and run routes if Kentucky had to play a football game tomorrow.
Coach Stoops agreed the group isn’t deep enough, but he was a little more positive, saying they’re working hard and continuing to improve through the early stages of spring practice.
That’s still not a great sign.
One quick look at the spring roster and it’s clear UK will rely heavily on new faces in 2013. Only one receiver on the entire roster, DeMarcus Sweat, caught a touchdown pass last season and no one tallied over 300 yards receiving for the year. To make matters even worse, Kentucky will take the field against Western Kentucky on August 31 with only four players who have ever caught a pass in Division 1 football.
#9 Demarco Robinson, (Junior): 28 rec, 297 yards
#23 Daryl Collins, (RS-Sophomore): 17 rec, 171 yards
#8 A.J. Legree, (Sophomore): 12 rec, 113 yards
#83 DeMarcus Sweat, (Sophomore): 4, rec, 84 yards, 2 TDs
#81 Rashad Cunningham, (RS-Sophomore)
#87 Bookie Cobbins, (RS-Sophomore)
#35 William Tanner (Junior)
#29 Austin Sheehan (RS-Freshman)
#83 Derrick Quarles (Sophomore)
#88 A.J. Johnson (RS-Freshman)
Javess Blue (Junior)
Jeff Badet (Freshman)
Alex Montgomery (Freshman)
Ryan Timmons (Freshman)
Keep in mind, Kentucky is practicing with only six of its 10 scholarship players right now. The four incoming players aren’t on campus to participate in spring football, so things will look better in the fall. Those four guys — Blue, Badet, Montgomery and Timmons — will be expected to come in and compete right away.
We can only hope they’ll be ready to dive right in and contribute, or the Air Raid 2.0 offense might struggle in its inaugural season.