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Where does the UK wide receiving corps go from here?

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Junior Demarco Robinson will lead the way for the Cats

This morning’s news that Bookie Cobbins and Demarcus Sweat were leaving the UK football program has left an already thin wide receiving corps thinner waif-like. The Cats now only have four scholarship receivers returning, and in 2012, they combined for 57 catches, 581 yards and no touchdowns. Three talented freshmen and one top JUCO transfer will join them in the fall and will be expected to contribute immediately. Let’s take a look at one of the most critical positions on the field, the wide receivers:

Who’s left:

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Daryl Collins (sophomore)

As a redshirt freshman, Collins played in all 12 games, catching 17 passes for 171 yards. He had his best showing against Louisville, when he caught seven catches for 64 yards. He also played on special teams, returning six kickoffs for an average of 22.2 yards and three punts for an average of 15 yards.

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Rashad Cunningham (sophomore)

Cunningham redshirted his freshman year and played six games last season. He had a great spring game, catching eight passes for 81 yards and a touchdown, establishing himself as the “go-to” receiver for most of the night.

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A.J. Legree (sophomore)

Legree played in all twelve games his freshman year, catching 12 passes for 113 yards. His best game was against Vandy, when he had three catches for 47 yards. Legree also had a promising spring game, pulling in seven passes for 68 yards, including a 16-yard touchdown pass from Jalen Whitlow.

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Demarco Robinson (junior)

Demarco will be the group’s veteran receiver, with two years as a Wildcat under his belt. He played in all twelve games last season, starting four. In 2012, he caught 28 passes for 297 yards, with a career high seven catches for 75 yards against western. He showed off his versatility against Georgia, throwing a pass to QB Jalen Whitlow for a 33-yard gained to set up a touchdown. He also returned punts with 18 for 117 yards, or an average of 6.5 per return. In the spring game, he hooked up with Max Smith for a 47-yard touchdown, which was the longest play of the game. He finished the scrimmage with six catches for 93 yards.

Others who haven’t played yet due to redshirt or injury: Derrick Quarles, William Tanner, Latrell Wilson, AJ Johnson

Who’s coming in:

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Jeff Badet — Badet is a three-star receiver whose size, quickness, good hands and speed off the line will be an immediate asset to the Cats. He’ll play the slot position in Neal Brown’s system, which should be used to since his high school ran the spread and he played almost every position in it.

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Javess Blue (JUCO) — ESPN calls the four-star Blue “an explosive playmaker as an outside thread and punt return specialist” with “the skill set to be an immediate contributor.” He’s got all the opportunities in the world to do that in his first year at Kentucky.

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Alex Montgomery — Montgomery is a three-star wide receiver who chose the Cats over the Cards, which makes me like him even more. He has amazing hands and will flourish in Neal Brown’s system. He played both sides of the ball in high school, which will help him read coverages and at 6’2″, he’s got the size to play in the SEC.

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Ryan Timmons — Timmons is the star of the bunch, and the prized offensive recruit of the 2013 class. He’s a playmaker that is already accustomed to the Air Raid offense after playing a similar style at Franklin County. Because of that, he should be able to come in and compete for a starting job from day one.

Walk-ons

A.J. Johnson — Due to the thin WR corps, Johnson and Sheehan earned the chance to play with the starters in the spring, and impressed WR coach Tommy Mainord. They’ll get an even bigger opportunity this fall.

Austin Sheehan — Sheehan had a decent spring. In his senior year of high school, he had over 1,000 yard receiving and 8 touchdowns at Fort Thomas Highlands.

Lucas Witt — Yesterday, Witt announced he is leaving the baseball team to walk-on as a wide receiver for the football team. He was an all-state quarterback in high school, with over 100 touchdown passes in his career.

Tight ends Jordan Aumiller, Tyler Robinson, Ronnie Shields, Patrick Ligon, John Ballis, and Steven Borden will likely get more looks, too.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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40 Comments for Where does the UK wide receiving corps go from here?



  1. Cats
    2:07 pm June 6, 2013 Permalink

    I feel like Tyler is biased towards Whitlow being the starting QB. She mentioned Legree scoring a touchdown “from Whitlow” but Cunningham just had a touchdown catch. Also had Whitlow on LP Jumbo tron about a week ago. Just an observation. I’m on this site way too much



  2. blue in bama
    2:07 pm June 6, 2013 Permalink

    Depending on how the QB competition turns out, Whitlow could slide over to WR as well. He played there a lot in high school and was recruited as a WR by Bama and others.



  3. Cats
    2:09 pm June 6, 2013 Permalink

    Max is mentioned for Demarco



  4. Tomas
    2:12 pm June 6, 2013 Permalink

    Losing Sweat hurts real bad. May have to use some of the RB to slide over in the slot. Think Raymond Sanders probably could do it and he has nice hands, but I guess Neal Brown and Stoops will figure it out.



  5. Just sayin
    2:18 pm June 6, 2013 Permalink

    The proof is on the field as to who is the best of the group. It’s a huge difference from high school playing sub par teams to the SEC, period, for any player!



  6. asdf
    2:20 pm June 6, 2013 Permalink

    If this team is really going to throw it 50 times a game, they’ll have to shatter the NCAA record for catches by a Tight End or Running Back….



  7. yeahright
    2:24 pm June 6, 2013 Permalink

    Is DJ Quarles (walk-on, full academic scholly) still on the team?



  8. Played Air Raid Under Tony Franklin
    2:31 pm June 6, 2013 Permalink

    In the Air Raid offense. Your Tight Ends can and will be spread out a bit more as slot recievers and run short routes. If they are running the no-huddle (everyplayer having qb wristbands) version which most air raid teams will do, then most talent can easily beat out experience in this system. Given the amount of players that UK will have, they will be just fine.

    In this system Screens are used commonly to neutralize a teams blitz. (not the way joker used them) This will be a UK weapon if it does have to play some tightends out wide as slot recievers. Having a better blocker (which 9/10 recievers suck at) out there on screen plays can make it work alot better.

    In BOW formations (backs out wide) Your running back will be lined up as a wideout quite often.

    UK will be fine with the number of reciever they have and players like Robinson, Cunningham, Collins. Add them in with new commers Timmons Mongomery Badet and Blue. and rotate them in with Tight ends Ronnie Shields, Tyler Robinson, and Steve ‘son of Sting Bordon. and running backs with Sanders and company. UK still looks to have a healthy core.



  9. Beatle Bum
    2:34 pm June 6, 2013 Permalink

    Anthony Kendrick got his crap in the classroom together this past semester after sitting the spring. He has potential to thrive in this offense as he is a WR converted to TE. I know the coaching staff is excited to see what he can do in the fall.



  10. bigblue
    2:38 pm June 6, 2013 Permalink

    #8) nice explanation and optimism. hopefully we stay healthy too.



  11. OJDIDIT
    2:44 pm June 6, 2013 Permalink

    Ok The NBA comish was doing an interview and he was asked if the 14 year run between the the spurs first and last visit or the heat run of three straight was more impressive. His response “reluctantly” was the the spurs because I quote “the heat only won one title if they had won two he might have chose them”
    OK conspiracy theorist aaaannnnnddddddd…..GO



  12. Don't be so quick...
    2:48 pm June 6, 2013 Permalink

    Hey, I’m excited about Timmons but let’s not assume he is already the best of the bunch of promising WR recruits coming in the Fall. I am excited about all of them, including Timmons.



  13. Matt Jones
    2:49 pm June 6, 2013 Permalink

    You don’t need receivers in this air raid offense



  14. Bill Schnitz
    2:51 pm June 6, 2013 Permalink

    How many will move to Nashville?



  15. Plem Muhalla
    2:51 pm June 6, 2013 Permalink

    Homeys, its a transition year. This staff gets one chance to hit reset button, mark down all overpriced/obsolete staff/equipment and then move forward. It’s not like Stoops showed Burton, Stevie, Yeast, Sanford, and Joker the door (see what I did there).

    This team and this WR corp put up a donut vs. Vandy. It’s not like the group could get any worse.



  16. tyson
    2:59 pm June 6, 2013 Permalink

    What 8 said. TEs are going to be much more valuable and running backs will be coming out of the backfield catching passes.

    The new receivers coming in won’t make much of an impact IMO. SEC is big time and they will be playing against junior/senior defenses who are going to be much bigger than our WRs coming out of high school.



  17. Peter Goyzina
    3:00 pm June 6, 2013 Permalink

    Ironic that writers for KSR and most posters automatically assume incoming frosh are capable of great things in one sport and virtually incapable of modest accomplishments in another. This must reflect a superiority/inferiority complex that has developed over the last fifty years.



  18. asdf
    3:01 pm June 6, 2013 Permalink

    The real problem will be the SEC meat grinder. The depleted receiving corps will take a LOT of snaps. That translates into a higher occurrence of injuries, especially in the SEC where a teams weakest position is invariably where the injuries happen. But if we can dodge that bullet, it might work out okay. And hey, 3 wins is a 50 percent improvement over last year, right?



  19. Bleaker
    3:03 pm June 6, 2013 Permalink

    Where do we go? UP! Those guys sucked!



  20. Отис
    3:03 pm June 6, 2013 Permalink

    How dumb do you have to be to flunk out of UK?



  21. Incoming Player
    3:28 pm June 6, 2013 Permalink

    Khalid Thomas (5-10 175) will likely see time at WR now. Listed as a high 3 star ATH on Rivals.



  22. Just Ax'in
    3:35 pm June 6, 2013 Permalink

    QUESTION? Why the mass exodus at WR with air raid coming in? You would think with the pass happy of offense, wr would want to play in that system. Is it coaches/ being recruited over? What is the word in the rumor mill?



  23. I can use Google Translate, too
    4:02 pm June 6, 2013 Permalink

    20 – Ð’Ñ‹ гребаный педик.



  24. J A Brooks
    4:19 pm June 6, 2013 Permalink

    22) I think Sweat was academic but he had the dropsies as well. Bookie has had issues on and off the field since he arrived and probably realized he wasnt going to play anytime soon.

    Those 2 aren’t the loss I think a lot of people assume. Neither played hardly at all and both had issues. The 4 wr we have coming in wouldveost likely played over them or really limited their action and for 2014 we already have Snodgrass and were really pushing for Berrios and Kief so I think it benefits both parties.

    As for this year we will still have 8 wr on Scholarship when the season rolls around. Kemp Thomas and Sanders can all split wide as well. We’ll still have plenty of option to throw too.

    Blue
    Robinson
    Collins
    Cunningham
    Legree
    Badet
    Montgomery
    Timmons



  25. Really love Whitlow
    4:25 pm June 6, 2013 Permalink

    Looking forward to Whitlow throwing to all the WRs



  26. J A Brooks
    4:38 pm June 6, 2013 Permalink

    16) I guarantee Blue and Timmons will make an impact.

    I see the 2 deep as

    Outside: Blue (Jr.), Legree (So.)
    Slot: Robinson (Jr.), Badet (Fr.)
    Slot: Timmons (Fr.), Collins (So.)
    Outside: Cunningham (So.), Montgomery (Fr.)



  27. BlueLionKingX8
    4:39 pm June 6, 2013 Permalink

    Cant we just go ahead and bring Barker in …..PLEASE!!!!



  28. J A Brooks
    4:46 pm June 6, 2013 Permalink

    16) I also think in this offense new comers can make an impact earlier than in the past. A) are new comers are better players than we’ve gotten in the past and B) this offense isn’t as complicated to learn as whatever Joker was trying and failing with.

    In this offense Brown said guys can learn it in just a few weeks



  29. Cat Mom
    5:00 pm June 6, 2013 Permalink

    You left off Cameron Fogle from Conner. He will have big impact as well.



  30. Looks like 1-11
    5:15 pm June 6, 2013 Permalink

    Poops greatest achievement at UK will be 2013 Spring Game



  31. fan fan
    5:34 pm June 6, 2013 Permalink

    Whitlow will be in top 3 in passing and top 2 in QB rushing this yr. He will break UK single season record this yr



  32. Chris from Richmond
    5:38 pm June 6, 2013 Permalink

    Pathetic, just pathetic
    This clown thinks he can get rid of the best players and compete
    Joker can out coach this fool any day



  33. Darn straight UK rocks
    6:10 pm June 6, 2013 Permalink

    No big deal. Neither Sweat or Cobbins were starters in the spring game. http://sports.yahoo.com/kentucky/blog/wildcats/post/bluewhite-team-rosters?urn=college,wp3600



  34. The Joke was on us
    6:13 pm June 6, 2013 Permalink

    Witt can play. Watched him play at LCA and he was more a runner playing QB. Kid is fast with ok size. Sweat was the only player out of the group leaving. If not for twitter no one would even know who Bookie was!
    22) Most of the players joker brought in are MAC caliber players. Don’t take my word go back and look at the other schools who had offered the kids. My guess is Stoops has had time to see what these kids are capable of and recommend they look else where. Joker set our program back a lot, it’s going to take time to fix. I just hope we are competitive this year. The main thing is to get better every game untill help can come!



  35. The Dude
    6:18 pm June 6, 2013 Permalink

    This is why they say you can’t have too many quarterbacks. Move Witlow to WR and give him a Randall Cobb type role, he is a great athlete and knows the offence as well as anyone so he should be able to pick it up quickly. If he is the best QB on the roster it isn’t by much and we will need him at receiver more.



  36. British?
    6:35 pm June 6, 2013 Permalink

    Offence? Seriously?



  37. Georgia Blue
    6:38 pm June 6, 2013 Permalink

    It’s amazing how people keep talking about Joker recruits being MAC type Players. Didn’t our basketball team get beat by ROBERT MORRIS in the NIT. Didn’t anybody watch the College World Series. Who would of thought Alabama would have lost to TROY TWICE and CLEMSON TWICE to LIBERTY. Ole Miss losing to a smaller school.What school conference did the No.1 Player come from MAC. One thing i know is you still have to COACH.It’s some talent on this team than a lot of people think. Now that we have some coaches that can coach up. You will see a big different on the field.



  38. Grow up
    7:16 pm June 6, 2013 Permalink

    37) So your saying a good coach could take a high School team and beat Bama! Get real players win games. Coaching is key and does make a difference but with out top talent it’s not going to happen. You can’t compair one sport to anther.
    If you want to say our coaching last year sucked and we should see a more competive team this year, I’ll agree 100%. It’s just not going to be enough to see a big difference in wins this year. You have to give him time or your going to have hurt feelings next year!



  39. Georgia Blue
    7:58 pm June 6, 2013 Permalink

    A lot games we were in and the coaching staff blew it. Go back to South Carolina Game right before halftime and we have the in the red and let 58 SEC go off the clock before we call time out. Go back to the Missouri Game and we change QB. Go back to UGA game and we rush the punter and we get call for roughing the kicker and UGA go down and score and win 29-24. I just think with these Coaches that we have . It want be a repeat of what happened last year. Plus with the things that they have in place for our players . You will see a big improvement. Plus to answer your question about top players . I don’t believe in Stars , because it don’t mean anything to me if you are a 5 Star and you let a No Star dominate you or a 3 Star. Most of your best NFL Players were 3 Stars in HS, because they kept working to get better. It’s just a real coach recognize talent



  40. fan fan
    10:50 am June 7, 2013 Permalink

    Who ever Georgia Blue is he knows his stuff….all u fair weather Debbie Downers out their just watch what happens this yr…we have enough talent to compete for the East….this team had bad coaches and a bunch of freashman last yr…..sit back and watch the show