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CJ Conrad on the future of the program: “Those guys are going to be left in good hands”

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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.


Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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10 Comments for CJ Conrad on the future of the program: “Those guys are going to be left in good hands”

  1. TreyTingle
    9:55 pm November 26, 2018 Permalink

    So greatful to have witness this season of UK football. Definitely the best one in my lifetime. But I am excited for next year. If Terry Wilson can continue to improve the weapons we will have on offense will be a completely different look than this year. Our offense will most likely carry the team unlike the defense did this season.

  2. SuperTroy18
    10:01 pm November 26, 2018 Permalink

    There have been some definite bright spots in the underclassmen. I worry a bit about defense, (specifically the secondary,) since we are losing SO much experience on that side of the ball.

  3. Larkin123
    10:21 pm November 26, 2018 Permalink

    Wonderful season…

  4. friendsofcoal
    12:17 am November 27, 2018 Permalink

    Great season for sure! Will Hoak or Clark bolt out of Lex with Wilson have some mediocre success?

    • ClutchCargo
      12:27 am November 27, 2018 Permalink

      Football is more complex than basketball, but try to pay attention. If they transfer, so be it. They will have read the writing on the wall and done what they believe is in their best interest. Again, not really that hard to comprehend.

    • ukkatzfan
      1:03 am November 27, 2018 Permalink

      Another thing about them if they choose to transfer. They can stay here and compete cause all players are one play away from needing a backup. Or they can transfer if they think that is in their best interest. Any transfer would probably be a step down in competition. A player Going some place to play just so they can play feeds their ego and not their motivation to improve. If second string don’t put a chip on your shoulder to improve, I am guessing a transfer won’t. I think a conversation with Patty Ice would do them some good. I also think Derek Willis should be a mandatory class for all incoming scholarships. Derek realized after 4 years of the missed opportunity he had to perfect his skills. Every freshman that comes in here is 4 years of dedication, motivation, training, a skill set and talent away from going to the next level in their sport. Division One SEC is THAT close to their NEXT level. NBA, NFL, MLB, 2020 Olympics…etc.

  5. shelby
    8:40 am November 27, 2018 Permalink

    Stoops and barnhardt have not built a “team”, they’ve built a “program”. And they will keep building. A 9 win season will become the norm imo.

    • chris43
      12:04 pm November 27, 2018 Permalink

      Hope you’re right but I don’t see it next year.

  6. friendsofcoal
    12:50 pm November 27, 2018 Permalink

    Boom…there goes transfer #1.

  7. friendsofcoal
    12:52 pm November 27, 2018 Permalink

    I hate to see Clark leave…I feel like he is better than Hoak.