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Could LaRod King be the most important offensive player?

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.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

23 Comments for Could LaRod King be the most important offensive player?

  1. GridironMyron
    11:38 am July 17, 2011 Permalink

    No. Running back will be the most important…Sanders, Clemons, George, etc.

  2. Buckets
    11:38 am July 17, 2011 Permalink

    If Newton isn’t greatly improved, it’s going to be a loooooong season.

  3. tbc
    11:38 am July 17, 2011 Permalink

    EJ Fields

  4. Catfan
    11:51 am July 17, 2011 Permalink

    Roark will be good

  5. tdogg4033011
    11:52 am July 17, 2011 Permalink

    UK/UL game on at 12 today on WKYT

  6. Sexington
    11:59 am July 17, 2011 Permalink

    Hopefully Aaron Boyd?

  7. Kentucky14
    12:00 pm July 17, 2011 Permalink

    LaRod! Radcliff!!!

  8. RealityCheck
    12:02 pm July 17, 2011 Permalink

    Who cares? Joker just lost the #2 player in the state to the Tards. The kid is one of the top 40 OL in the country. Anyone who says we pulled the offer or he waited too long to decide, are kidding themselves. The tards also have 4 or 5 OL commits and he still chose them. Joker jock sniffers to the rescue in 3…2….1…..

  9. mudcreekmark
    12:16 pm July 17, 2011 Permalink

    I really hope Matt Roark is more active in the game planning. I have liked this kid from day one. He should have an advantage on any back he is against.Joker needs to take advantage of the height advantage. He would win 99% of the jump balls.

  10. Musehobo
    1:01 pm July 17, 2011 Permalink

    Pretty sure Mike Hartline progressively got worse last season. (Though the argument that his best season was his last is valid)

  11. joker
    1:10 pm July 17, 2011 Permalink

    former most important offensive players: Cobb, Woodson, Stevie….now LaRod. we are in trouble

  12. bigbluedude
    2:11 pm July 17, 2011 Permalink

    operation when? 5 wins,6 if lucky

  13. uk
    2:11 pm July 17, 2011 Permalink

    we are going to be just fine this year, the scrutiny is going overboard right now, we just have to sit back and enjoy this year because it is going to be special, trust me it WILL HAPPEN

  14. Ben
    2:18 pm July 17, 2011 Permalink

    I have no idea where this special season stuff is coming from! 5 to 7 wins is not special, it is what the fans have come to expect over the last five years! Special would be 9+ wins and that is just not gonna happen this year under any circumstances.

  15. Aaron Boyd
    2:21 pm July 17, 2011 Permalink

    no way in hell I’ll be the number 2. I’m too busy keepin it real to care bout football.

  16. Brewer
    2:38 pm July 17, 2011 Permalink

    @10 Hartline did not get worse. Joker choked the offense to slow down the game and keep the defense off the field to hide Brown and his inept coaching abilities

  17. jim
    3:11 pm July 17, 2011 Permalink

    Is ther anyone on here that even played a little high school football? It seems like most of the posters on here are retards, when it comes to understanding anything pigskin related. I am hoping that the the PA system will play “cuts like a knife”, every time Brian Adams catches a TD pass. UK will be fine at the receiver spots and at RB. TEs will be utilized more than last year, imho. They will have a very talented O line this year. The Cats will put points on the board.

    It is time that the Kentucky fans start getting excited about the season, instead of acting like the there is no hope to win any games. Minter is bringing an attacking style of defense that creates havoc and turnovers. The Wildcats will be fun to watch this season. We shouldn’t judge this season by the bowl loss and last years transition period. The Sky is not falling. Wake up Kentucky fans!

  18. Dustin
    4:08 pm July 17, 2011 Permalink

    Look out for Brian Adams, alot of ppl are over looking the young atheltic sophomore. Remember how good he was in the spring game.

  19. STEVE!
    6:16 pm July 17, 2011 Permalink

    I hope we win every game, but we stunk at the end of last season and in the bowl game. Since then we have lost a 3,000 yard QB, our top three RBs (Donald Russell produced more than Sanders before he was exiled), top two receivers plus Locke (who caught a lot balls out of the backfield), and our Punt Returners and Kickoff Returners.

    I didn’t play high school ball. Please help this retard understand how we will enough points on the board. Thanks.

  20. siestakeycat
    7:34 pm July 17, 2011 Permalink

    I just hope we win 6 games……

  21. coldspringmike
    10:10 pm July 17, 2011 Permalink

    I hope we win at least two, Louisville and Tenn.

  22. JusttheFacts
    10:35 pm July 17, 2011 Permalink

    If Larod could catch the ball, he would be a heck of a WR.

  23. UKfanNKY
    8:59 am July 18, 2011 Permalink

    #17 THANK YOU!!!! ALL these bashers need to get a life and if they can’t say anything positve just keep their negative comments to there selfs. If you are a TRUE BLUE FAN you BELIEVE!!! GO CATS!!!