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8 Things You Need to Know About Javess Blue

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Photo by Clay Jackson/[email protected]

Football is right around the corner and KSR is getting you ready with in-depth profiles of the team’s top players. First, we profiled Za’Darius Smith, one of the leaders of the defense, and now, we’re switching to offense and UK’s leading receiver last season, Javess Blue. 

When Mark Stoops took over the UK Football program, he knew he needed to get talented players as soon as possible, preferably with some experience. Like Za’Darius Smith, a fellow JuCo star, Javess Blue had an immediate impact in his first season at Kentucky, a lone bright spot in a very thin wide receiving corps. Here are eight things about our boy Blue to refresh your memory heading into next week’s opener.

1. He is the Cats’ top returning wide receiver

Blue led the Cats in receiving last season with 43 catches for 586 yards and four touchdowns. He was 14th in the SEC in receptions per game (3.9), 15th in receiving yards per game (53.3), and 13th in all-purpose yards per game (103.2). UK has six freshmen wide receivers on deck to finally give the QBs some targets, but Blue will still be the go-to guy.

2. Blue’s 88-yard TD grab against Miami is the fourth-longest in UK history

And it was glorious.

3. That shoulder is ready to go

Blue injured his shoulder during offseason workouts and had to sit out spring practice. The staff has been cautious with him so far in camp, but yesterday, he was in full pads for the first time.

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4. He’s one of UK’s cover boys this season

Blue and Bud Dupree grace UK’s double-sided schedule posters this season. One side shows the players going through Erik Korem’s training program and the other how it will translate to their performance in games.

5. He’s looking forward to the Cats picking up the tempo this season

Last season, the Cats just had to make do with what they had on offense. With another year for players to learn Neal Brown’s system, more receivers, and Patrick Towles taking over quarterback, Blue is looking forward to things picking up on offense. At today’s practice, Blue told Larry Vaught that he wants more touchdowns like that 88-yard grab vs. Miami:

“That is something I am looking forward to getting done this year. A lot of those 88-yard touchdowns or going longer than that,” he said. “Coach (Neal Brown) told us we are going to be picking up the tempo this year.”

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6. This summer, he lost all of his belongings in a fire

Back in June, the apartment Blue shared with Nate Willis, Mike Douglas, and Melvin Lewis caught on fire, and the four Cats lost all of their personal belongings. They were forced to stay in a hotel before the NCAA agreed to let UK help the players replace some clothing and belongings and insurance helped them buy furniture for a new place. Apparently, a cigarette from an apartment downstairs in the building was the culprit. Blue said the fire caused the four to focus on what is really important in life, and to not take anything for granted.

7. He says he’s much more comfortable in his second year

Blue was one of the few things working in UK’s offense last season, and he admits that being thrust in the spotlight was a bit abrupt. However, he told reporters today that he’s much more comfortable this season, and ready to make his final season count:

“I am more comfortable right now. I can say that. Last year it was like more of an iffy situation. I knew I was being put on the spot, but at the same time I had to locked in and get everything down pat because I knew I was going to be that guy and they needed me to make plays and be that player,” Blue said. “Now I really needed to focus up. Now I am more focused and I take things more comfortable, which makes it easier to play.

8. He’s still flipping, it’s still impressive

An accomplished tumbler, Blue showed off his skills at the UK Gymnastics complex last month. If that doesn’t impress you, the video of him flipping in the snow has to. Good lord.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

4 Comments for 8 Things You Need to Know About Javess Blue

  1. Joe Dennison
    8:24 pm August 20, 2014 Permalink

    If Javess gets flipped while going for a pass, he can always catch it with his feet. Wouldn’t that be something?

  2. Casper
    8:53 pm August 20, 2014 Permalink

    how fast does he run the 40? what’s his vertical?

    • Casper
      10:27 pm August 20, 2014 Permalink

      He should take growth hormones, and secure a future in the NFL.

  3. Ryan
    9:12 pm August 20, 2014 Permalink

    I’m really looking forward to seeing him have a break out year. Hopefully he follows in the footsteps of former juco wide receivers Stevie Johnson and Chris Matthews and has a huge senior year