Kentucky’s wide receivers made an early impression on their new position coach.
“Those guys wanna be coached and they wanna learn.” Jovon Bouknight has plenty of expertise to share.
After one year at Oregon the former Wyoming record-breaking receiver has taken his talents to Lexington. A finalist for the Biletnikoff Award in 2005, Bouknight still holds the Wyoming career all-purpose yards record. He reached those heights not by pure athleticism, but by savvy play at the position.
“Coming up in college I was a huge technician. I wasn’t always the fastest wide receiver. I think my combine time (4.73 seconds) actually displayed that,” he laughed on the Behind Kentucky Football podcast.
“As far as lateral movement and the technique and the pride that I took playing the position, that was big-time for me. All of the little small details and the fine points of coaching a wide receiver is what I try to obviously implement in my style of coaching and push that on my kids. That’s the way I am as a receivers coach and it’s what I hope you get to see on Saturdays.”
Bouknight (pronounced Bo-Night, as in “Bo Knows”) inherits a wide receiver room that has received plenty of reps, but has not caught many passes. Eager to learn, his emphasis on the little things could make a big difference once they are back on the field running routes.
“The small details, even from alignment to the depth of a route and stuff like that. You talk about the upper body mechanics, getting out of a route, pad-level, all of the small details are huge to me and I think it’s what helped propel me as a player.”
Josh Ali, Allen Dailey and Clevan Thomas are projected to be Kentucky’s top pass-catchers. Entering this season they have combined for just 59 receptions, 652 yards and five touchdowns. Bouknight needs to unleash their full potential for Kentucky’s passing game to succeed in 2020.