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Finding Help in Unlikely Places at Wide Receiver

Tommy Mainord has many more choices this year at wide receiver. (Mark Zerof/Cats Pause)

Tommy Mainord has many more choices this year at wide receiver. (Mark Zerof/Cats Pause)

Tommy Mainord has many more choices this year at wide receiver. (Mark Zerof/Cats Pause)

With just over two weeks until kickoff, Fall camp is turning up a notch in order to paint a clearer picture of the depth chart.

The offense showed great improvements during Wednesday’s scrimmage, which Neal Brown hopes the team can build on during Saturday’s Commonwealth Stadium scrimmage, “We’re reaching that point in camp where guys are getting tired.  We’ve got a lot of young guys.  They’ve got to get mentally stronger. Happy where we’re at.  We’re still excited, we’ve just got to handle adversity better.”

The best way to mitigate the problem of youth is for older guys to step up.  After sitting out last season, Rashad Cunningham has had his large (6’5″) presence felt on the field, especially on deep passes.  Brown attributes his improvement to the added competition, but Cunningham believes it’s because of a changed mindset, “(Just) going to work everyday.  I had to really focus off the field, and now I’m just attacking everyday the same way.”

Cunningham hasn’t been the biggest surprise at wide receiver.  Neal Brown’s biggest surprises of fall camp so far are Blake Bone and Charles Walker.  Bone’s early success have been noted often on here, but you wouldn’t expect a guy that played running back at St. X last year to catch Neal Brown’s eye at wide receiver so early.

“I knew when he made the decision that he was going to come here that he was going to be a good player. He was not going to be a typical walk-on,” Brown said.

You cannot watch a practice without noticing at least one play from Walker or fellow walk-on Cameron Fogle.  Their crisp routes turn into solid plays, the type of routine plays that Neal Brown wants to see more of.  The offense isn’t going to fall on either of their shoulders this season, but Brown expects Walker to find the playing field this Fall.

The back of the depth chart is pushing for playing time, but the film from today’s scrimmage will reveal who’s ready to put it all on the line to play for Mark Stoops’ 2014 Kentucky Wildcats.


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

16 Comments for Finding Help in Unlikely Places at Wide Receiver

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    • Deacon
      10:34 pm August 16, 2014 Permalink

      I couldn’t have said it any better myself.

  2. dumanddummer
    11:23 pm August 16, 2014 Permalink

    there is hope for this football team…

    • colbert
      11:33 pm August 16, 2014 Permalink

      what are you thinking? Our coach was the last brother standing… Please God help him.

    • UK Big Board Update
      11:47 pm August 16, 2014 Permalink

      “Our” coach? You love Losevile. Go away.

    • UKFootball Fan
      11:55 pm August 16, 2014 Permalink

      Jerry Claiborne went 0-10-1 in his 1st season. After that season everyone said the Cats would be lucky to win one game. But what happen instead was the Victories started to pile up in his second year.

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      The third year, the Cats went 9-3 and went on to win the Hall of Fame Classic Bowl by defeating a Big 10 school called the Wisconsin Badgers.

      Never give up because the best is yet to come for Coach Stoops and the Cats!

    • Yeah
      12:35 am August 17, 2014 Permalink

      The SEC is a hell of a lot better now than it was then

  3. Hoodforthree
    8:03 am August 17, 2014 Permalink

    I love these articles trying to muck up the pictutre regarding this football team. How about we just tell the facts here?

    1. The defense is going to be pretty good. In fact, they could be very good. Good enough to lead the SEC in some categories. Yeah, I just said that.

    Their Achilles Heel will be the Offense, which is still too one sided to be effective.

    2. We have a deep core of RB’s. They are injury-prone, which means you can’t keep giving the ball to an RB every stinking down as it increases the percentage that said RB is going to get injured, which leaves problems 3&4.

    3. The QB situation. Sorry, but these guys are way too nice to each other. It’s time to quit posing and showing off the muscles and saying nice things about each other, and take the starting QB job like it belongs to you. That’s the first weakness in this offense.

    4. The WR spot. Basically, the weakest position in the offense. Either no one wants to catch the ball or they are injured. And it has not gotten better despite all the “feel good” crap thats being reported on how everyone is “progressing” and “it’s a little better” hogwash.

    This Defense is going to be the saviour of this team, and they will keep the Cats in a lot of games this year. To make this a really good year, that offense needs to start clicking, fast. And some more recruiting nwews on WR’s wouldn’t be bad either.

    • UKfan
      11:06 am August 17, 2014 Permalink

      1. QB will be named next week. Expect it to be Patrick since he has been the frontrunner. Reece will be the backup and Drew will be redshirted.

      2. I disagree that the offense will be one dimensional. I predict that the ratio will be 60-40 pass to run. We have more depth at receiver and we will use our RB’s more in the flat than we did last year.

      3. Linebacker is where I am most concerned because it appears that is where talent is lacking and we don’t have depth. Our DL and DE’s will be our strength on defense…I think we will be fine at safety and think we should do ok at corner. I expect us to have many more interceptions this year.

      4. We will be fine at the WR spot.

    • Hoodforthree
      12:03 pm August 17, 2014 Permalink

      When you have a previous article detailing how one of our experienced WR’s gets smacked in the eye with a tennis ball while trying to catch it? If it is Towles, I really feel for the kid.

    • Hey Serena...
      1:49 pm August 17, 2014 Permalink

      I bet a tennis ball that actually injures your eye was lobbed by a senior citizen. Yeah that must be it. Because tossed tennis balls generally do damage.

  4. uk78
    8:05 am August 17, 2014 Permalink

    Hopefully this years team will be able to hit like claibornes teams

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    8:27 am August 17, 2014 Permalink

    Excellent post Hood for three

  6. colbert
    8:35 am August 17, 2014 Permalink

    Methinks I need to find God or some Higher Power now.

  7. Carlos Danger
    9:31 am August 17, 2014 Permalink

    Charles Walker may not have been the biggest or most touted recruit in this class, hell … he is a walk on. Hey may be the biggest surprise of this group. The kid can flat out play and find the end zone.

    • Hoodforthree
      12:05 pm August 17, 2014 Permalink

      Oh, I’ll agree with you on that. He could be a diamond in the rough Stevie Johnson.