It’s no secret Ahmad Wagner has become one of Kentucky’s most-dangerous offensive weapons this season. His size, athleticism and uncanny ability to draw a penalty combine to make him lethal for the Wildcats. So far this season, he has nine catches and seven pass-interference calls going his way – that’s good for a 94 percent success rate for balls thrown his way this year.
Wagner and Sawyer Smith agree: the reps they got in with one another before the season officially began have played a huge role in their success now that they both see significant playing time. During camp, Wagner and Smith both played with the twos.
“I was a two a lot during camp, and we got a lot of reps together. Camp is everyday for a lot of hours, and we got a lot of throws together,” Wagner said Tuesday. “I was no stranger to Sawyer [Smith] when he got put in the mix. Like I’ve said before, he’s a great player and I’m happy to be a receiver for him.”
Smith echoed his teammate’s sentiment Wednesday evening.
“I have good chemistry with all of the receivers I think, but we threw a little bit more probably, being that he was also a two,” Smith said of his success rate with Wagner.
Wagner, who’s listed at 6-foot-5 and 234 pounds, is responsible for his fair share of incredible catches, including this spectacular grab against Florida.
But, according to Wagner, he can’t take all of the credit for great catches like that.
“[Smith] throws a great ball. If I don’t catch it, it’s my fault – it’s nothing to do with him. It’s on me.”
Smith, on the other hand would rather credit his receiver.
“He’s a good target to throw to. Anybody would say that,” Kentucky’s quarterback said of Wagner “He’s a fun target; he’s a big dude.”
Do we have a new bromance on our hands? Or just two really complimentary teammates? Either way, I’m sold.