Many argue that Morgan Newton’s development is the key to this year’s Kentucky team. But, time and again, it has been shown that QB’s struggle early and then gradually improve. We saw it with both Andre Woodson and Mike Hartline. No idea if Newton will be a great QB this year, but I would be stunned if he has not improved. The problem that he may have, and that many experts have pointed out, is he has very little experience at the wide out position to throw to. LaRod King could be the exception.
Last season, King was the 3rd leading receiver for the Cats, pulling in 36 catches and 5 touchdowns. But now, he has to take on a greater role of showing the younger receivers what must be done in order to be successful at the SEC level.
But with UK needing to replace its top two receivers, who accounted for nearly 2,000 yards and 16 touchdown catches last season, King knows this year’s class of young receivers has to resist those temptations.
It’s why the junior always has his mouth running and his thumbs pounding.
“I’m texting them constantly,” he said of the young receiving corps. “We want everybody on the same page. … If you’re not on them, they don’t know what to do.”
Most people know that Larod King will be a key contributor. The key is, who will be #2? Chris Matthews made a solid #2 the last couple seasons. UK will need to find somebody for this season.