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Crown the King

No one could accuse our quarterbacking staff of being the most stable thing in the world last season. However, despite the fact that it was difficult to determine which signal caller would be present in which game, the Cats’ top receiver, La’Rod King, still found ways to produce. King finished in the top 15 in the SEC in receptions, receiving yards, average yards per catch and tied for seventh in touchdown receptions. Of the 12 touchdown passes thrown by Kentucky QBs last season, seven were to La’Rod. The scary thing about his numbers were that they were only slightly better than the year before when he was the third receiving option behind Chris Matthews and some guy named Randall. Stability under center in 2010 allowed King to show flashes of what we might see next season if Maxwell Smith is able to win the job outright.

It’s not a prediction as much as it is a recognition of talent and big play ability. With the emergence of potential receiving threats at the tight end position and a fully healthy DeMarco Robinson, the opportunities will be there for King. There’s no reason that King shouldn’t be one of the top receivers in the league next season. If the past two seasons are any indication, La’Rod’s impact will be determined by the effectiveness of his quarterback. If one guy, most likely Smith, can establish himself as the man from day one, then look for the rapport between he and La’Rod to make for an effective offensive assault. Otherwise, our offense may look a lot more like last year’s than any of us would enjoy.

Article written by Matthew Hays

24 Comments for Crown the King



  1. White Guy who eats Salad
    8:07 pm May 21, 2012 Permalink

    1st buhhh!



  2. GDOK
    8:15 pm May 21, 2012 Permalink

    I’ll give you a reason…. He ain’t that good compared to the other SEC schools.



  3. WINNIN9
    8:25 pm May 21, 2012 Permalink

    Just don’t FUMBLE! If he hangs on to that ball after catching on the cross route in the first quarter against Louisville last year, we win that game. Would have put us up 6-0 or even 10-0.



  4. UK Genius
    8:31 pm May 21, 2012 Permalink

    It don’t matter if we win 8 games next year. Our football program is terrible until the Joke is fired



  5. ebell55
    8:50 pm May 21, 2012 Permalink

    The negativity of guys like number 4 is truely ignorant. If we win 8 games we are terrible? Go Cats lets beat UofL and win 8 for this a**hole.



  6. Duke sucks
    8:57 pm May 21, 2012 Permalink

    Reality is UK is somewhere in between #4 gloom and doom. And #5 crazily optimistic. If we win 8 we won’t be terrible then there is no chance in hell we win eight.



  7. catGrad7072
    9:03 pm May 21, 2012 Permalink

    Keep blowing sunshine up Joker’s skirt to keep your press access.



  8. Haha
    9:27 pm May 21, 2012 Permalink

    I know it
    You know it
    Ksr knows it
    Mitch knows it

    Hel l joker even knows it

    He was a bad hire, he will be fired at some point and the only reason he isn’t yet is buy out is high which is Mitch’s issue

    I really love football and know a lot about
    I played thru college

    And joker just isn’t that good as a head coach
    His media skills are some of the worst and that affects recruiting
    His recruiting is just not on an sec level
    His game prep is obviously lacking

    Mitch please just pull the dam n trigger and let’s move on to your next bad hire
    Uk just can’t compete with the big boys and with the Aggies and mizzio we will eventually only play three non conf games it will happen

    Ksr – you’re sell outs
    I agree you may be under Mitch’s thumb to keep your media credentials he probably told you he doesn’t really consider you media and only keeps you on the side lines due to you ‘good’ influence on fan support. Ops did I say that



  9. JBR
    9:30 pm May 21, 2012 Permalink

    Ok ksr,enough of the blue kool aid…let’s talk about the only important topic that pertains to football…who will our next coach be???????????



  10. Duke sucks
    9:35 pm May 21, 2012 Permalink

    #9 hopefully Mike leach.



  11. barn
    9:37 pm May 21, 2012 Permalink

    c’mon guys, let’s say something positive about UK football. well. ok? come on



  12. big tim
    11:05 pm May 21, 2012 Permalink

    this year he will have better chances of being open last year he was our only wr that could catch the ball most of the time and the other teams new that i think collins and demarco will help out alot



  13. CommonSense
    11:08 pm May 21, 2012 Permalink

    Okay I’ll bite. Two reasons why he wont be “one of the best” in the league next season. 1. He plays in the SEC. 2. He plays for Kentucky.



  14. wow
    12:41 am May 22, 2012 Permalink

    wow only 12 td passes last year?



  15. wallcrawler
    2:45 am May 22, 2012 Permalink

    Spread offense not option sorry



  16. dave
    2:49 am May 22, 2012 Permalink

    “The scary thing about his numbers were that they were only slightly better than the year before when he was the third receiving option behind Chris Matthews and some guy named Randall.”
    cant tell if youre making fun of him or not



  17. Stephen
    5:37 am May 22, 2012 Permalink

    Spot on #14.



  18. bigcatinva
    7:54 am May 22, 2012 Permalink

    Thanks Mathew. I appreciate all of your latest articles on football. I’ve enjoyed every one.
    I don’t understand why some feel the need to constantly attack football posts. Make no mistakes. They are not fans. A fan is a supporter of the team not one who cowers behind a keyboard to take pot shots. A fan would understand that these immature and thoughtless remarks actually hurt the team rather than help. So I say Haters…..go be some other teams fan because you are definitely not UK football fans.



  19. bigcatinva
    7:56 am May 22, 2012 Permalink

    Oh…. don’t even think you are some how “making the team better” by bringing it down. This is not the way to make change. Don’t insult your own intelligence.



  20. Larry from Paducah
    8:31 am May 22, 2012 Permalink

    Don’t like the black uniforms.



  21. Kwildcat FAN
    9:33 am May 22, 2012 Permalink

    Most of you sound pathetic….you call yourself supporters of UK and you write the trash. Too bad the internet has given the world a forum…..buy some tickets and support the team!! On a football note, why do we always have a QB situation??? Give Smith the job and be done with it. he was impressive last year



  22. aREALukfan
    10:04 am May 22, 2012 Permalink

    #9
    “His game prep is obviously lacking”
    HA!!! I bet you were thinking that after the Tenn game!
    #4
    “our football program is terrible until the Joke is fired”
    What a dumb comment. Who says once he is fired that UK football will any better?
    #18
    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



  23. big tim
    12:14 pm May 22, 2012 Permalink

    21 we dont have a qb situation it smith job they just dont want him to think that its his cause if he knows it his he could start lacking off. they want him to think he can lose it. all that stuff saying other qb have a shot is just coaches talk



  24. Not Impressive
    3:02 pm May 22, 2012 Permalink

    #21
    Max Smith is not impressive at all. Did you watch his spring game? He can only hit the open man downfield 1 out of 10 times. Do you remember the S. Carolina game? He threw 3 passes…2 of them were picks…….