Looks like Kentucky football has its first meme of the 2019 season – and an even weirder statistic to go with it.
Coming into Saturday’s game against Toledo, senior wide receiver Ahmad Wagner had never caught a pass. As a junior, he drew three pass interference calls despite being targeted only four times. But 2019 is a new year.
Or is it? Wagner finally hauled in his first career reception and finished the day against the Rockets with three catches for 57 yards, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t done attracting pass interference calls like the strongest magnet in the NCAA.
Quarterback Terry Wilson targeted Wagner six times in the season opener: three of the passes finding the receiver, one falling incomplete, and another two drawing pass interference calls. If you’re keeping track at home, that is now FIVE drawn PI calls from Wagner on a mere 10 targets. These are cheat code stats.
Ahmad Wagner may be the best player in history at drawing Pass Interference
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) August 31, 2019
Tecmo Bowl Bo Jackson thinks Ahmad Wagner is unfair.
— Drew Franklin (@DrewFranklinKSR) August 31, 2019
So you’re telling me that HALF of the time the ball is thrown Wagner’s way, he’s either drawing a 15-yard penalty *or* raking in a reception for an average 19 yards per catch? The dude is 6-foot-5, just keeping tossing the ball into his general vicinity and good things are bound to happen.
— Tyler Cantrell (@tqc90) August 31, 2019
“I’m gonna try and go up to make a play,” Wagner said following Saturday’s win. “Terry’s [Wilson] throwing good balls and I’m just doing what I can to fight for the ball… It just comes from being aggressive, just going for the ball every time.”
There was a general consensus that Lynn Bowden Jr. would be Kentucky’s prized asset on offense, and while that may still ring true, Wagner and company pleasantly surprised the Big Blue Nation with their overall efforts against the Rockets.
But the real question is this: Does Kentucky run the pass interference call for Wagner as a designed play?
“No sir, no sir,” Wagner responded with a few chuckles.
I don’t buy it though. Let’s run that play a few more times next week just to make sure it’s still effective.