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Who steps up on offense?

Who replaces him?

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.

Article written by Matthew Hays

26 Comments for Who steps up on offense?

  1. JBR
    6:14 pm June 11, 2011 Permalink

    Wow, a football post!…good job KSR.

  2. tbc
    6:23 pm June 11, 2011 Permalink

    EJ fields!!!!

  3. thisnicknamestinks!
    6:31 pm June 11, 2011 Permalink

    Did the little pig say WEEEEEEEEEEEeeeee all the way home??

  4. DorisBurkeisdumb
    6:35 pm June 11, 2011 Permalink

    Who steps up on offense? In football? I’m guessing someone on the opposition, against our defense. 4-8..

  5. Ben
    6:36 pm June 11, 2011 Permalink

    We don’t have a natural leader, so someone will have to make a decision to be that guy! Newton has too much on him to be the guy! The receivers are going to have to lead our this season will be Jokers first major setback with no bowl game. We will soon know whom, if anyone will step up.

  6. Smell of Napalm in the Morning
    6:40 pm June 11, 2011 Permalink

    This season smells like….victory…this season is gonna end some day….

  7. Smell of Napalm in the Morning
    6:42 pm June 11, 2011 Permalink

    I saw a snail crawling along the edge of a straight razor

  8. PayUp
    6:50 pm June 11, 2011 Permalink

    Another 6-7 season…yawn..hurry up Big Blue Madness!

  9. 2 Live Crew
    6:53 pm June 11, 2011 Permalink

    The theme song for our team this year is going to be Doo Doo Brown.

  10. Fake Will Fidler
    7:07 pm June 11, 2011 Permalink

    I could have been a star if I had just been given an opportunity. I showed more guts and heart than Mike Hartline ever did. I needed this guy advocating for me on KSTV:

  11. Best Case
    7:11 pm June 11, 2011 Permalink

    We will be lucky to go 6-6 with Kragthorpe Junior coaching the team.

  12. Jacob
    7:33 pm June 11, 2011 Permalink

    2- I think the same thing. All he needs is the opportunity.

  13. og68
    7:39 pm June 11, 2011 Permalink

    9 out of 11 are negative vs football.After all it’s cute to be negative!!It is really creative!!

  14. og68
    7:43 pm June 11, 2011 Permalink

    9 out of 11,that is what is expected.Cool!!

  15. Jeremey Clem
    7:52 pm June 11, 2011 Permalink

    Theltus COBBins might turn out to be Randle Cobb Clone. The have lots of similarities. Really wishing now that Joker would have started Newton over Hartline last year kinda like Bill Curry starting Billy Jack Hadkins over Tim Couch and we all know how that worked out for Curry! Go CATS!

  16. Who Cares
    9:37 pm June 11, 2011 Permalink

    We will win a few non conference games against horrible teams. We will also beat Vandy asnd oine of the Mississippi schools. So, I just saved everyone a bunch of time and money. Can’t wait for another 2 win SEC season to start. We aint losing brah.

  17. og68
    9:48 pm June 11, 2011 Permalink

    85% response negative.Just as it is scripted!!

  18. Manchester
    10:02 pm June 11, 2011 Permalink


  19. Matt
    10:38 pm June 11, 2011 Permalink

    Mark Roark will be the man! He needs to be the new Wildcat runner as well! Looking forward to the season!

  20. john4uk
    10:45 pm June 11, 2011 Permalink

    If Morgan plays as he did aagainst Pitt,this will be a long,long season.Right now as a long die hard fan,i have little confidence in him(I hope i’m wrong).So hopefully the o line can open holes and someone will emerge as a stud running back.

  21. messenger44
    12:00 am June 12, 2011 Permalink

    The answer is Sanders.

  22. Roll Tide
    9:11 am June 12, 2011 Permalink

    6-6 would be a good season!

  23. test
    9:33 am June 12, 2011 Permalink


  24. test
    9:34 am June 12, 2011 Permalink


  25. Jared
    6:38 pm June 12, 2011 Permalink

    WR DeMarco Robinson is a major pass catcher (which apparently is something we need if the blue white game is any indicator) 73 catches, 1,600 yards and 27 TD’s as a senior. Don’t be suprised to see him playing as a true freshman.

    WR Nile Daniel is another guy that could make a big splash as a freshman. 4.3 speed, returned 6 kicks for TD’s and set school record for punt return yardage. With Cobb and Locke gone he will likely get a starting position on special teams if the does well in the fall.

    QB Theltus Cobbins is also a 4.3 guy who would make for an excellent wildcat package QB, and would add more speed on special teams.

  26. SweetTeaMob til I DIE
    12:34 pm June 13, 2011 Permalink

    2 and 12 have the right answer!!!! Great athlete! Not to mention, the kid can FLY!!!