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Don’t Forget Gene McCaskill


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.

Article written by Will Lentz

11 Comments for Don’t Forget Gene McCaskill

  1. Maxwell
    6:47 pm August 7, 2011 Permalink

    We definately missed Gene last year, and he will be very important to our thin corps of WR this year. Hopefully he can gel with La’rod King and we can have a 1-2 punch on the field at the same time.

  2. Jokerrrr
    6:48 pm August 7, 2011 Permalink

    What about Aaron Boyd? He was supposed to be a big help when he was recruited…what happened?

  3. catnuts
    6:56 pm August 7, 2011 Permalink

    McCaskill didn’t really impress me. Hes had some drops that I thought he should have caught so he will have to convince me that he is that #2 guy that I think Joker has him penciled in to.I would love to see Boyd live up to his billing but I don’t think that is going to happen. He is kind of like his brother, more hype than talent.

  4. Wes
    7:31 pm August 7, 2011 Permalink

    Rumblings out there about a possible OSU transfer at practice today?

  5. cats11
    7:43 pm August 7, 2011 Permalink

    You all need to post this picture

  6. Matt P
    7:53 pm August 7, 2011 Permalink

    Actually Gene has as sure of hands as any WR that I can remember at UK. He also is one of the best route runners that I’ve seen. I’m not saying he is one of the best WR’s but when it comes to overall attributes, It’s hard to find a more complete WR.

  7. Cat fan33
    7:58 pm August 7, 2011 Permalink

    Green Bay Intrasquad game on at 8 p.m. on NFL channel

  8. WildCat44
    8:00 pm August 7, 2011 Permalink

    UK commit Thomas Chapman has been at uofl’s practice the last 2 days. I guess Joker has some work to do with this kid.

  9. Teddy Bridgewater
    8:39 pm August 7, 2011 Permalink

    #5, is that me with the gut?

  10. MTW
    1:46 am August 8, 2011 Permalink

    Will Stein looks like one of the writers for KSR. If we get beat by that guy I will quit watching UK football.

  11. Football Man
    2:21 pm August 8, 2011 Permalink

    Get mean Gene! Go Cats!