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SEC Network names Ahmad Wagner the SEC’s “biggest breakout player”

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:

While we’re at it, let’s take a look at Wagner’s ridiculous touchdown grab against Florida one more time.

I still don’t know how he pulled it off.


Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

16 Comments for SEC Network names Ahmad Wagner the SEC’s “biggest breakout player”

  1. JerryCat
    12:47 pm September 17, 2019 Permalink

    Big dude is fun to watch. Wish we had him 4 years. Could be an all-timer

  2. CrystalBall
    12:49 pm September 17, 2019 Permalink

    Looked like pass interference on the play.

    • J-Dub421
      12:51 pm September 17, 2019 Permalink

      It clearly was.

    • JASUN74
      1:01 pm September 17, 2019 Permalink

      It was crystal. They called it, but he caught the ball so it doesn’t count as one. Haha. WOW is all you can say about this young man. He’s working his way into the first round if he keeps playing like this. We 100% need to be using him more and more and we’ll be better for it. He can’t be stopping and if a team in the NFL will use him the right way, he’ll be a All Pro player. Thanks Crystal.

  3. UKFanSC
    12:53 pm September 17, 2019 Permalink

    Just think what they would be saying about him if our offensive coordinator had a freaking clue how to use him

    • ClutchCargo
      1:03 pm September 17, 2019 Permalink

      Gran knows exactly how to use him, just needs to do it more.

  4. CrystalBall
    12:54 pm September 17, 2019 Permalink

    Looks like pass interference on the play.

  5. JASUN74
    1:04 pm September 17, 2019 Permalink

    I hear you UKFanSC!! We need to go to him at least 20 times a game. He’s always open, even when someone’s all over him. Lol. With Bowden and him and Smith getting more confident, it could be one of the best offensive teams we’ve had since Couch was here.

  6. Bluehender
    1:23 pm September 17, 2019 Permalink

    I got an idea…let’s throw the ball to him!!

    • runningunnin.454
      5:27 pm September 17, 2019 Permalink

      Say, that’s a good idea…certainly more than 3 times per game. I would have put it up for him on the first play after we took it to the red zone with a couple of minutes to play; I wouldn’t worry about running the clock down. As Rupp said, “You can’t score fast enough for me”.

    • 4everUKblue
      5:27 pm September 17, 2019 Permalink

      Nah that makes too much sense.

    • Bluehender
      5:47 pm September 17, 2019 Permalink

      That’s right rg. If our secondary is going to be suspect, let’s throw the ball down the field and whoever scores last, wins.

  7. J. Did
    5:52 pm September 17, 2019 Permalink

    Now the CAT’s really outta the bag.

  8. Miller45
    7:07 pm September 17, 2019 Permalink

    He and Upshaw can cause opponents some major problems.. if used correctly

  9. UKfanman01
    10:52 pm September 17, 2019 Permalink

    4th and 1 with 4 wide outs. Instead of Wagner it’s AJ Rose up the middle….

  10. BluKudzu
    4:50 am September 18, 2019 Permalink

    Yeah, but if Stoops’s coaching plan had worked, we all would be saying nice things, and we would not have lost.

    But it didn’t. Oh well, next game at MSU will be different. His plan will work this time and we will not use the “non cover two defense.”

    A new streak has begun.