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Daryl Collins: the next UK football star?

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One of the lone bright spots in Sunday’s game was the play of Daryl Collins. Collins, a redshirt freshman who sat out last season after tearing his ACL, came to Kentucky with sky high expectations. He originally committed to Alabama, but changed his mind once he heard their plans to grayshirt him. He’s one of those young guys the staff speaks of only in superlatives; even before his stellar college football debut, he had been compared to Randall Cobb, which is pretty much the highest level of praise possible in Kentucky football. That’s a lot to live up to.

On Sunday, Collins turned the hype into reality, with seven catches for 64 yards. His performance earned him a starting spot in the next game, alongside Aaron Boyd and La’Rod King, whom he thinks of as a mentor. King and Collins have even formed somewhat of a friendly rivalry, which Collins challenging the senior wide receiver in practice and in games: “I already told La’Rod whatever he does, I’m going to try to do it better.” Collins told reporters today the he doesn’t ever want to give the starting spot back now that he’s earned it.

Remember that Randall Cobb reference? When Cobb was in town over the summer, he met Collins and spent some time with him. Like Cobb, Collins played multiple positions in high school, including wide receiver, tailback, quarterback and kick returner, and seems to possess the same competitive spirit and instinct that helped Cobb become one of the most buzzed about rookies in the league. Cobb saw the similarities too, telling Collins he could be the next star at UK if he keeps it up.

In what may be a bleak season for the Cats, that’s one hell of an endorsement.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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19 Comments for Daryl Collins: the next UK football star?

  1. John Wall
    3:52 pm September 4, 2012 Permalink

    I might have to agree, i like this guy. He was breakin foo’s

  2. Dumbledore
    3:52 pm September 4, 2012 Permalink

    38 days ’til Big Blue Madness.

  3. Beatle Bum
    3:53 pm September 4, 2012 Permalink

    Not an ACL injury but a knee cap issue.

  4. shinny
    3:55 pm September 4, 2012 Permalink

    To insert him (high school QB) at “wildcat” is a DUH!

  5. Walter Sobchak
    4:07 pm September 4, 2012 Permalink

    He looked like the best receiver to me. He caught everything and he consistently made something happen/escaped tackles.

  6. Willis talkin bout..
    4:19 pm September 4, 2012 Permalink

    I’m just glad they arent making him play defense like the other former offensive players.. or “athletes” we have recruited. And they wonder why the defense looks so bad…

  7. Hey, Cards fan here
    4:21 pm September 4, 2012 Permalink

    Not that he will ever matter being a Cayut and all. Let’s face it, the Cards have owned Yew Kay since 1994. I think it’s 10-8 Cards since then, but we know UK was shady around the late 90s/early 2000s so who knows what the actual difference is. Bottom line is the Cayuts suck and none of their players will EVER deserve anything more than an a**kicking from my Cards. You pretty pray for another Kragthorpe because otherwise you’re never winning again in football.

  8. Dear UL and IU fans, We are national champions; you are not. The end.
    4:23 pm September 4, 2012 Permalink

    Can he play CB? Seriously, this lineup of receivers does seem promising.

  9. Jones Returns
    4:51 pm September 4, 2012 Permalink

    I appreciate your effort Tyler, but please just stop…

  10. jeff specht realist
    4:57 pm September 4, 2012 Permalink

    Hey number #7……you want ownership???? Count all the games over time .UK owns your ass just like in basketball. You are a true line beard numb nut!!

  11. Randy Sanders
    5:01 pm September 4, 2012 Permalink

    ……they’ll never see the screen coming…….

  12. Dear UL and IU fans, We are national champions; you are not. The end.
    5:14 pm September 4, 2012 Permalink

    7 Hey, Cards fan here) First, you don’t play for UL, you are just some pathetic dude high-fiving with your friends when some actual athlete does something good and you somehow believe this translates into you being exceptional. Go out and do something noteworthy yourself if you want to be a pompous ass. Second, do you realize how big of a coward d-bag you are for talking crap anonymously on some other team’s message board? Grow up man, the UL football team played a good game last weekend; you did nothing.

  13. Bobbysueflay
    6:17 pm September 4, 2012 Permalink

    Sorry, but he has played in one game? Wouldn’t get my hopes up.

  14. catfan2000
    6:36 pm September 4, 2012 Permalink

    If he can tackle and cover opposing receivers then we may have a chance…….

  15. UK Snuggie
    7:59 pm September 4, 2012 Permalink

    Okay, so what is different here? UK constantly gets one or two guys who the other teams passed on or didn’t have room for and they end up being great players. I’m sure this kid is no different but the fact is that we only have three or four of these guys on the team at a time and can’t win many games with them. Ultimately we need to surround them with some other talented guys and then also get some inspiration behind this team. Other programs do more with equal parts, sometimes less, so that tells you there is a problem somewhere; Joker can do better than he has done to this point.

  16. jill
    9:03 pm September 4, 2012 Permalink

    #12…and you scored how many points in UK championship? So, i guess you should not talk about that either. see how dumb your statement is……

  17. putinrichie
    6:40 am September 5, 2012 Permalink

    7 – Whats funny is that Teddy Bridgewater was illegally recruited by Clint Hurt……with all of the documented proof that exists, it is only a matter of time before the NCAA brings the hammer down on lil bro. Good luck escaping the worst conference in America when your on probation.

  18. JJ
    1:58 pm September 5, 2012 Permalink

    Can he play Cornerback?

  19. jill
    6:11 pm September 5, 2012 Permalink

    #17…LOL…wish full thinking….worse conference…No # 6 out of 11…get your facts straight.


    6. Big East
    Favorite: Louisville

    West Virginia’s departure to the Big 12 makes Louisville the favorite in the Big East. Charlie Strong has done a masterful job in two short years and has his program well-positioned for the future. Rutgers and South Florida figure to be in the hunt as well, and don’t count out Pitt under new boss Paul Chryst.