As special as this Kentucky football season has been, it’s not a secret that the Wildcats will be losing quite a bit of talent this offseason. When it comes to seniors alone, Josh Allen, CJ Conrad, Mike Edwards, Derrick Baity, and Jordan Jones, among others, will be leaving. Add in star running back Benny Snell likely leaving, and we’re talking about a whole lot of playmakers no longer in Kentucky uniforms going forward.
As nervous as fans may be about losing so much talent, the likely departures believe they are leaving the team in good hands.
During Mark Stoops’ weekly radio show, Allen, Conrad, and Snell came on to discuss their time in Lexington, and all three wanted the fanbase to know that there’s reason for optimism going forward, even if they aren’t there.
“I feel like all the seniors, we worked hard, we grinded every week and all season,” Allen said. “We showed them what it takes to get to where we are today. I feel that just from showing them how to prepare and grind, them being a part of that and witnessing that. Breaking records and making history, I feel like a lot of guys will use that. They want to win.”
Benny Snell believes a winning mindset is contagious, and it’s something that has spread throughout the entire roster.
“I definitely feel that as the years went on, we sent a good message to the freshmen,” said Snell. “I showed them that we’re all-in and that this is what we’re going to do. We want to turn this program around. They know where our heads are at.”
CJ Conrad says the team will be “left in good hands” because they made it their job to coach up the younger talent in their respective position groups.
“Overall as the season went on, I feel like we set a good example not just in the season but in the offseason, what it takes and the preparation that needs to be done,” he said. “We take a lot of pride in coaching our position groups, and every single lead in those position groups are seniors or Benny in this case, Kash (Daniel). Those guys are going to be left in good hands because we’ve done a good job showing them the ropes.”
So who in particular should the Big Blue Nation be excited for going forward?
“Boogie Watson,” Allen simply said.
“I’m going to say Justin Rigg,” said Conrad. “He hasn’t had the spotlight on him because I’ve been starting, but he’s done so many things. He’s a 12-personnel guy … I think he’s gonna be awesome.”
“I’m going to say my whole running back corps,” Snell said. “I’m excited for those guys, man.”
Allen said he’s expecting big things out of the team as a whole next season.
“I feel like it’s going to be another special year next year for the Kentucky Wildcats,” he said.