With the departure of Randall Cobb, and a lack of news otherwise, it’s a wonderful time to speculate on who will step up on the offensive side of the ball and replace #18 as the leader of the unit.
– Morgan Newton: As the quarterback, the mantle of leadership almost falls on Morgan by default. Joker has been very pleased with his progression in the offseason and he has shown flashes of things to be excited about, but he has also struggled a bit with inconsistency. If Morgan plays to his potential, then he should be able to lead the offense by example and it’s always nice for the most respected player on your offense to be the guy under center.
– La’Rod King: By virtue of statistics and playmaking, King is the most seasoned skill player returning for the Cats offense. He had 36 catches for 478 yards and five touchdowns last season. Randall Cobb was able to lead the offense from the wide receiver position, but he was a much different player than King. King will have to step up as the big playmaker on offense, but I can’t see him emerging as the vocal leader and the one that the guys look to in crunch time.
– Raymond Sanders: He received some looks last year and showed flashes of the player that he might become, but he hasn’t proven anything yet to be considered a leader of the offense. If Sanders has a breakout year and puts up some crazy numbers then he may assume a role as a vocal presence in the huddle. However, his leadership would be different than the leadership provided by some of the other guys; because of his lack of experience.
– Larry Warford: As an offensive lineman, Warford wouldn’t seem like the most obvious choice as the leader of the offense, but he’s by far the best player at his position on the offense. Warford is the only preseason All-SEC player on offense and should go very high in the NFL draft when he decides to declare. The offensive line as a unit will be the most seasoned aspect of our offense and Warford is the undisputed anchor. Being a leader doesn’t necessitate big plays on Sportscenter. A guy like Warford who is willing to do the dirty work could be the perfect leader for this young, Kentucky offense.
– Someone else: Randall Cobb came in and took over the reins of the team in his freshman season. Could we have an incoming player provide the same kind of impact? Not many guys have Cobb’s intangibles, but if there’s a replacement for him out there, then we’d be happy to have him.
This offensive unit needs an obvious leader. With summer camp approaching, this may be the perfect time for that person to be identified. With Danny Trevathan leading by example on the defensive side of things, the offense needs an equally powerful presence to help make this season as successful as possible.