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Who Will Be The Most Improved Player On Offense?

Yesterday at the UK women’s clinic Neal Brown laid out the philosophy of the Air Raid offense he has brought to UK. 1. Play fast. 2. Throw first. 3. Get the ball to playmakers in space. Its an ideology that is much welcomed after several years of bubble screens and third and long draw plays it’s going to be nice to see some exciting football. The new offense is going to have a big impact on the returning playmakers but who do you expect to benefit most from Neal Brown’s system? Here’s a look at how the Air Raid could improve each guy:

Jalen Whitlow

Following the spring game it looked like Whitlow would be the starting QB this fall. Even if he isn’t under center the dynamic player could find a way onto the field at another position to make an impact. Whitlow did a fine job last year after he was called on to fill a position that was hit with injury after injury. Especially considering he hadn’t started a game at QB since his freshman year of high school. With 7 games of experience under his belt and the ability to move and pass the Air Raid allows Whitlow could have an explosive year. Any of the QBs should show a major improvement with the pass first system.

Demarco Robinson

Yesterday Coach Mainord told the UK wide receivers they “won the football lottery” with¬† the Air Raid offense and lack of depth at position. There’s a big opportunity for both the incoming freshman and the JUCO transfers to play immediately but a guy with prior SEC experience could really benefit. Enter Demarco Robinson. Robinson is the oldest member of the receiving corps after the razing¬† that took place over the past couple of months and should be called on early in the year. Robinson had a few big games as a sophomore but next year could be the year that he breaks loose. As of now he was listed first on the UK depth chart. Robinson could have a really big 2013.

Raymond Sanders

With Josh Clemons sidelined once again it will be one Raymond Sanders to anchor the running back attack. Under the new offense Sanders could see a drop in production but as defenses are forced to respect the pass he could easily find some seams for a big time run. Sanders could also impact the offense with the great blocking ability his frame provides. Expect Sanders to move even further into the 1000 yard club this season.


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Article written by Andrew Cassady

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15 Comments for Who Will Be The Most Improved Player On Offense?

  1. TDog
    2:50 pm July 28, 2013 Permalink

    What happened to the other article about who Kentucky is affecting in recruiting? It was up now it’s gone.

  2. Awaiting Moderation
    2:51 pm July 28, 2013 Permalink

    Whitlow….he has the ability to become someone like Braxton Miller

  3. BigBlue
    2:55 pm July 28, 2013 Permalink

    I just wish we had more depth at receiver.
    We are good at QB and even with the running game, but air raid with the receivers we have will be interesting.

    3:08 pm July 28, 2013 Permalink

    I bet you 500 dollars Whitlow is not the starting QB. The coaches already said a million times that the sprong game was not indicative of who will be starting. Smith is a much better passer. It’s not even close. Don’t you think the more accurate and veteran PASSER will have the edge in a PASS first offense?

  5. mborotncatfan
    3:33 pm July 28, 2013 Permalink

    Whereas he may not be the best player on the team, when it comes to improvement, Rashad Cunningham could take this one. In an offense lacking receivers he could go from non-factor, to solid contributor, even one of the primary targets. He also could just be a spring game phenom, but I hope he blossoms.

  6. JohnW
    3:46 pm July 28, 2013 Permalink

    The whole offensive group……

  7. Louisville1Cal4
    3:46 pm July 28, 2013 Permalink

    Smith is a better passer & will likely start IMO, but Whitlow isn’t a bad passer himself either, plus he is much more mobile than Smith. Being mobile is pretty big within the Air Raid too, QB is going to have to scamble a good bit to distribute the ball.
    So, Whitlow could get the starting nod.

  8. snarkster
    5:17 pm July 28, 2013 Permalink

    I’d say there’s a good chance that in-comers like Ryan Timmons, Javess Blue and Jojo Kemp could be the biggest big-play threats on the roster by mid-season (if not sooner).

  9. Stoops4prez!!!
    5:19 pm July 28, 2013 Permalink

    Max isn’t the more veteran QB when it comes to games played. They are equal.
    Also I don’t think Max is that much more accurate then whitlow. Whitlow has a better
    Arm and legs. So i think Whitlow will be the starter cause he adds another dimension to the offense

  10. Idiot
    6:00 pm July 28, 2013 Permalink

    Morgan Newton

    (Because he’s not here to make us suck anymore.)

  11. Andy
    7:17 pm July 28, 2013 Permalink

    Given the inexperience of our offensive line, being mobile at QB will be very important to avoid taking the hits/

  12. Delk for 3
    7:30 pm July 28, 2013 Permalink

    I think it will be Daryl Collins. I just think he’s the most talented offensive player in a system that will favor a receiver like himself.

    8:00 pm July 28, 2013 Permalink

    Maxwell Smith cmp 103 att 150 yrd 975 cmp 68.7% avg 6.50
    Jalen Whitlow cmp 87 att 161 yrd 801 cmp 54.0% avg 4.98

    I want Maxwell throwing the ball….

  14. Hoof hearted
    10:37 pm July 28, 2013 Permalink

    Not a specific player but I’m gonna say the tight end position as a whole. Tight ends has been none existent past few years.

  15. fanfan
    12:17 pm July 29, 2013 Permalink

    don’t know where some of you get max is a better passer. whitlow had a lot better completion, yards, and less turn over the total spring. not just spring game. whitlow is head and shoulders above the rest. cant you people see that the coaches are trying not to give wku a heads up in prep for the upcoming game? whitlow is such a untapped talent. even in high school he transferred to a top 5 school in nation with a qb who had many sec scholarships and outplayed him all yr. whitlow was runner up the mr football in Alabama (t.j. yeldon the Alabama rb won it). not the so called starting qb. I am willing to say whitlow will be the best qb in the sec and the country.