Heading into 2010, Gene McCaskill was believed to be the X Factor for the Kentucky football team. That was before he tore his ACL. Gene had spent the majority of 2009 earning playing time, and by the end of the season had started six games, caught 17 passes for a total of 163 yards. Not monster numbers, no, but a good portion of that was in the second half of the season, and it truly looked like Gene would become a key threat in his Junior year. Unfortunately, that season ended up being a red shirt season.
The primary focus in the off season has been on LaRod King, Brian Adams and the freshmen contributors to the receiving corps. Understandable. But you would be remiss not to tab McCaskill as a guy to watch this season. The coaches have already compared him to Randall Cobb due to his versatility – McCaskill can line up at pretty much any skill position thanks to his speed. Look for him to play more long routes when he is fully healthy, but he will likely fill a number of roles in a revamped wildcat offense.
Of course, the question remains focused around his health. Everything we have heard from the staff suggests he will be good and ready to go this season, but with a torn ACL you can never be certain when it will bite back. On top of that, often times players that have that injury never quite regain their initial speed. Gene is just another question mark heading into a very curious Kentucky football season, but he also has the potential to be a season changer.