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Dropped passes are back for another year, or at least today

Kentucky football and dropped passes go together like bourbon and more bourbon. Sadly, catching the football, which is a pretty big part of the game, has been a problem that has haunted UK’s offense over the last three or so years. How many times have we seen receivers drop balls that should’ve been caught? The answer: way too damn many.

This morning, Mark Stoops delivered the unfortunate news that the receivers’ hands weren’t much better during the first day of Fall Camp 2014. If he and his staff are going to find a starting quarterback in the coming weeks, they need the receiving corps to help out by catching the passes thrown their way.

“We need to continue to improveĀ aroundĀ the quarterback. Those guys need to step up and make the big catches,” Stoops said today. “I was a little disappointed that we dropped the ball a little bit today. We put the ball on the ground when we had some opportunities to make some plays. We’ve got to continue to push in that area.”

“I noticed some drops today that we can’t have,” he added.

Maybe we chalk it up to first day jitters today. I’m not sure Big Blue Nation can handle another season of inexcusable dropped passes.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

23 Comments for Dropped passes are back for another year, or at least today

  1. Blue Virus
    11:25 am August 4, 2014 Permalink

    So were the receivers bad or the secondary good? The conundrum that is scrimmaging your own team.

    • doc
      11:34 am August 4, 2014 Permalink

      How often are dropped passes because of the secondary?

    • Blue Virus
      11:35 am August 4, 2014 Permalink

      Are you kidding?

    • doc
      11:44 am August 4, 2014 Permalink

      The point I’m trying to make is that Stoops said nothing about the secondary. This story is all about receivers not catching balls. I think if the secondary was that spectacular to create so many dropped passes, he would have praised them. He didn’t so I think it’s safe to say the secondary had nothing to do with these dropped balls.

    • wordplay
      12:11 pm August 4, 2014 Permalink

      I would think the phrase “dropped pass” is pretty self explanatory. The phrase “deflected pass” or “pass broken up” was not used. Watch baseball? There is a “passed ball” error which is the catcher’s fault, and there is a “wild pitch” error which is the pitcher’s fault. Same here–“overthrown or underthrown pass”– on the QB, with about 99% certainty, I would say a dropped pass is on the receiver.

    • ukja\
      12:18 pm August 4, 2014 Permalink

      which sucks that a QB is penalized (stats-wise) for the mistakes a receiver makes.
      bobbled pass turned interception; dropped pass; those things should not count towards a QBs stats imo.

  2. Only a fool
    11:39 am August 4, 2014 Permalink

    Well hey, both Stoops and Brown told us last week on KSR that it was the worst receiving group they have ever had. What did they expect today? Whtlow gone so can’t blame him, Legree gone, so can’t blame him.

    Did Mainord get a raise during the off season? Maybe use part of it to buy some stick-em.

  3. Honestly
    11:58 am August 4, 2014 Permalink

    I kinda like the dropped passes. It lets us run with the “what if” factor that UK Football is all about. All season I can say what if this guy or that guy caught that pass. What Ifs are way more fun than reality.

    • inside info
      1:21 pm August 4, 2014 Permalink

      lol. so it has come to the fact that we are the Chicago Cubs of the SEC?

    • Steve Bartman
      2:26 pm August 4, 2014 Permalink

      We wouldve won the World Series if I didnt touch that foul ball. UK wouldve beat UT if we give Cobb the ball, UK wouldve beat UF if Jared just takes the sack, etc. Instead I go to sleep at night thinking “What If”

  4. Yep, stick-em is the answer.

  5. Linda Taylor
    12:03 pm August 4, 2014 Permalink

    We won’t win a game this year.

      12:54 pm August 4, 2014 Permalink

      Oh come on now. We didn’t put UT-Martin and Lousiana-Monroe on the schedule for nothing.

    • Ukfan
      9:56 pm August 4, 2014 Permalink

      Let’s not forget thugville where Heisman trophy winners are made.

  6. Han
    12:33 pm August 4, 2014 Permalink

    There were a couple different times last year where we had plays drawn up perfectly, both offense and defense, and then a receiver drops a wide open pass or a defensive back turns to run before clutching an interception. I remember Coach Stoops going red in the face with frustration. Just gotta keep coaching em up.

  7. Matt in Clearwater
    12:36 pm August 4, 2014 Permalink


  8. We
    12:57 pm August 4, 2014 Permalink

    Who is “we”?
    Subjective coaching, we dropped passes.
    James Bond undercover practices. No one is allowed. Media sits and waits for the coaches to give them a bone of how Stoops saw practice.
    We dropped passes. Tell us what the he** is going on at practice or just don’t interview him.
    We, we, we, we, we!

  9. Hello
    1:14 pm August 4, 2014 Permalink

    The title of the article should have been “The sky is blue”

    • torpedovegas
      3:30 pm August 4, 2014 Permalink


  10. ComeOnCoach!
    1:40 pm August 4, 2014 Permalink

    I thought Demarco Robinson was off the team, and read earlier he was suited up and practicing. Oh well, I guess everyone deserves a second chance…or third.

  11. MummeMan
    4:43 pm August 4, 2014 Permalink

    Use the damn ball machine full of tennis balls and catch 1000 a day! Per Player,this could have been done in the off season—oh well!!! They use to call that mumme ball!!!!!!

  12. Teetim
    4:48 pm August 4, 2014 Permalink

    I love UK. But sometimes I marvel at the sheer stupidity of some of our fans… Some of you are so re-carded! It’s the first day of Fall Camp! Get a grip!

  13. Back 2 Basics
    7:03 pm August 4, 2014 Permalink

    Play some ping pong for god sakes. It increases hand eye coordination better that any other fancy equipment. And it’s team building + fun.