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.