Around the world wide web people have one thing on their mind, college football. Yes, with under two weeks until the first kickoff of the season everyone is talking about the season to come. I’ve scoured the internet to find the latest news to provide you with the latest hits to beam into your brain:
-Coming into the season the outlook for the wide receivers was bleak to say the least but things are looking up at that position. Not only have the newcomers been making moves on the field some of the returning guys are poised to make an impact as well. SaturdayDownSouth took a look at the 5 hidden gems of the SEC and named Demarco Robinson one of those guys.
Demarco Robinson, Kentucky (JR): Yes, a different Robinson than Florida has, with no relation to Demarcus. UK’s Robinson has a big potential playing in Neal Brown’s Air Raid offense. He stands to catch the most passes and become the Cats’ biggest threat as a pass catcher. He caught 28 passes in 2012, but that should double and then some. Robinson is a great looking player.
Robinson has all the tools and currently sits atop the depth chart. With the implementation of the air raid Robinson stands poised to become a household name in the SEC. Coach Mainord said the receivers had won the football lottery. Robinson will be cashing in each Saturday this fall.
– On the other side of the ball is Nate Willis. Willis arrived on campus this week and Stoops has already begun to throw some praise towards the corner. Today’s practice may have been a disappointment but Willis was one of the few to draw some praise:
“I did see some good things from Nate,” Mark Stoops said. “I do. I think he’s got some good ability. It’s good to see.”
Missing both summer conditioning and the first week-and-a-half of camp puts Willis at a disadvantage, but not one that’s impossible to overcome.
“That’s the good thing about corner,” Stoops said. “It’s very hard in application, but really pretty easy in theory, really. You’re not reinventing the wheel as far as assignments with cornerbacks. But if they can cover somebody they can help us.”
Willis – along with Fred Tiller, Blake McClain and Jaleel Hytchye – is already getting first-team snaps.
“He’s got good length, he’s got good ball skills, very quick in and out of his breaks,” cornerbacks coach Derrick Ansley said of the 6-foot, 180-pound Willis. “He’s very instinctive, meaning that he can anticipate routes, he understands leverages and he’s got ball skills once the ball’s in the air.”
Willis sounds like he’s going to be a big help to the defense which needs it. Especially in the secondary which is going to be the target of every defense in the SEC. Willis will make a difference but how much he can do with limited conditioning in the early games remains to be seen.