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Short and Insufficient Profile: La’Rod King

During the slow and insipid summer of 2008, former KSR wordsmith Evan Hilbert profiled each and every member of the University of Kentucky football team. Though his knowledge was sparse and his research was far from thorough, Evan’s short and insufficient player profiles were an integral part of Kentucky’s success that season. UK finished with seven wins, including the opener at Louisville and a 25-19 victory in the Liberty Bowl. Kentucky hasn’t won a bowl game since. Let’s bring back that magic…


#16 La’Rod King


Height: 6’4”

Weight: 222 lbs.

Class: Senior

Experience: 3L

Position: Wide receiver

Hometown: Radcliff, KY

High School: North Hardin

2012 Preseason Honors

Second Team All-SEC coaches selection

It’s Spanish for…

The rod.

Something You Didn’t Know About Him

He was born in Wurzberg, Germany.

Something We Made Up About Him

La’Rod stayed with Dicky Lyons Jr. on his visit to Kentucky in the fall of 2008. The two received a noise complaint from a neighbor and barely escaped a citation while recording a freestyle mixtape in Dicky’s home recording studio. The video footage can be found in UK’s Daily Dicky archive.

Items of Legitimate Interest

King continued to show playmaking ability last season and will anchor UK’s wide receiver corps in 2012. King’s career totals include 86 receptions for 1,218 yards and 13 touchdowns. King led UK in 2011, making 40 catches for 598 yards and seven touchdowns, ranking him in the top 10 in the SEC in each category.

The 6-foot-4 wide out had a pair of 100-yard games last season against Ole Miss and Central Michigan, while he made a career-high seven catches against Louisville and a personal-best two touchdowns against Jacksonville State. For his career, King ranks eighth in school history in touchdown receptions and 19th in program history in receiving yards. The Kentucky native has played in 36 career games with 18 starts.

Unfair NFL Comparison

A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals

Because… they’re both 6’4” and from the SEC?

Outlook for 2012

La’Rod is Kentucky’s go-to receiver in the passing game and top offensive playmaker. Expect him to lead the team in catches and touchdown receptions. He’s six touchdowns away from passing Derek Abney for third all-time at Kentucky.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

8 Comments for Short and Insufficient Profile: La’Rod King

  1. bwmoore
    4:07 pm July 31, 2012 Permalink

    Love the Out Cold reference. And I’m really hoping he steps up as an offensive leader.

  2. La'Rodney King
    4:17 pm July 31, 2012 Permalink

    Hands like frying pans. Dude couldn’t catch a cold standing next to Patterson Office Tower in the middle of January.

  3. tom
    4:37 pm July 31, 2012 Permalink


  4. Hip Dan
    4:48 pm July 31, 2012 Permalink

    He can ball and a big year coming. But he doesn’t weigh 222 lbs soaking wet after thanksgiving dinner.

  5. Common Sense
    5:36 pm July 31, 2012 Permalink

    Depending on the QB’s throwing ability (whoever the starter is), I do think King is CAPABLE of having a 1,000 yard season. Now, whether he will do that is left to be told on the field. Make it happen La’Rod. Go Cats!

  6. Reality Check
    6:23 pm July 31, 2012 Permalink

    If he is our best WR, we will win 2 games.

  7. letsroll
    4:09 am August 1, 2012 Permalink

    Best of luck this year La’Rod ,you know all I can think of is that drop pass against louisville in the opening minutes that would have set stage last year don’t let it happen this year .

  8. JayCee
    9:30 am August 1, 2012 Permalink

    So, where is the bit about the staff complaining about his lack of work ethic and his joining a Frat in favor of focusing on FB?

    I guess that stuff just didn’t happen according to KSR?