Kentucky wide receiver Ahmad Wagner’s status as a local offensive star is quickly spreading nationwide.
In three games this season, the Huber Heights, OH product has totaled nine receptions, 198 yards, and two touchdowns, managing a ridiculous 22 yards-per-catch. To take it a step further, he has secured a whopping seven pass interference calls on balls thrown his direction.
On today’s edition of SEC This Morning on the SEC Network, Wagner’s impressive start to the season was discussed in-depth, with the show’s moderator posing an interesting question about the 6-foot-5 wideout.
“6’5”, 233 pounds, he has 16 targets and eight catches,” the SEC Network moderator said. “But SEVEN pass interference calls. Is there a more surprising SEC breakout player this year?”
The general consensus? Absolutely not.
“I don’t think there is. He’s a matchup nightmare for cornerbacks,” co-host Chris Doering said. We’re not talking about a guy that moved into playing tight end, we’re talking about a guy that’s playing outside against the smaller corners having to pass-interfere him to catch up.”
Doering actually went on to say that Wagner’s pure dominance on the outside reminds him of a fairly prominent retired NFL superstar.
“It’s like when you used to split [Rob] Gronkowski out wide back in the day,” Doering said. “It’s difficult to defend because of not only his size and length, but he’s a guy that [as a former Iowa basketball player] can jump up and grab a rebound off the rim and a big body that can box guys out. That’s a tough red zone weapon.”
Fellow SEC Network analyst and SEC This Morning co-host also had high praise for the Kentucky wide receiver, adding that he finds it a bit funny that there is a two-inch difference between where Iowa listed him as a basketball player height-wise and where Kentucky is listing him as a football player.
“I love Ahmad Wagner,” he said. “I think it’s incredible that he’s 6-foot-5, but back at Iowa, he was listed at 6-foot-7. So I love how teams do their media guides where in basketball, it’s always giving guys two extra inches. Wagner, though, has been great and an unbelievable story here for the Wildcats.”
Before signing off, Doering added that while Wagner has been the biggest breakout star, he was also impressed by some of the other offensive weapons Kentucky has to complement Lynn Bowden.
“He’s one of several people who have stepped up at the wide receiver position for the Wildcats, it’s making them difficult to defend,” he said. “Josh Ali had another big catch on Saturday, Bryce Oliver is another guy that has stepped up, so they’ve got some other weapons that are complementing Lynn Bowden.”
Take a look at the segment below:
The SEC’s biggest breakout player is …
“@UKFootball’s Ahmad Wagner is a matchup nightmare.”
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) September 17, 2019
While we’re at it, let’s take a look at Wagner’s ridiculous touchdown grab against Florida one more time.
This grab my Ahmad Wagner deserves another look! ?
— PFF College (@PFF_College) September 17, 2019
I still don’t know how he pulled it off.