You only need to take one look at Kentucky’s wide receivers to notice a difference in the group.
That’s right, Lynn Bowden cut his hair.
“I’m just working on my image,” he said. “I really didn’t think I was presenting myself good for the fans with my hair, so I’m trying something new.”
Offensive coordinator Eddie Gran is trying new things with Lynn this spring.
“Lynn’s having a really good spring. We’re finding ways to get him the ball. He’s lining up all over the place. He’s really smart,” said Gran.
No matter how creative the UK coaching staff gets, they have to find more options at wide receiver. Wide receivers coach Michael Smith believes they’ll get there in due time.
“They’re coming along,” Smith said. “The first four days I’ve been really impressed with what Bryce Oliver has done. I think Marvin Alexander has shown he has a chance. For the guys that we didn’t see a lot last year, Akeem (Hayes) coming back, playing a little bit. Not that he’s a young guy, Clevan (Thomas) is back in the mix and doing some good things. I thought as a true freshman just coming in, I thought Demarcus Harris showed he’s going to be in the mix. And Allen Dailey, Allen Dailey is solid. He played on special teams last year, but he’s doing some good things.
“I’ve been really impressed with Lynn’s leadership. The way Josh Ali has been practicing fast. Isaiah Epps has made some strides. As a group I think we’re getting there, but we have a long way to go because it’s going to be a position that we need to step up and make some plays.”
Ali and Epps have been the names mentioned most over the first four practices. Challenged before the start of spring practice, Epps’ top priority is turning close misses into deep completions.
“I’m just trying to become more comfortable and complete all the deep balls that I can,” said Epps. “Things have been going good during the spring. Me and Terry and all the other quarterbacks have been working on timing. For me, it’s not the opportunity, it’s the finish. It’s the completion of the deep balls.”
He did just that at least once this morning.
— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) March 19, 2019
Landon Young’s Return from a Redshirt
The former five-star offensive tackle is back in action after he was sidelined for a season with a knee injury. Seeing the glass half-full, he prefers to call it his redshirt year.
“I definitely feel stronger. A lot of guys have a redshirt year when they first come into college. It just happens that mine is split right down the middle.”
There was one incredible downside to missing last season.
“It’s really hard to sit out, especially when I missed — I was actually at home and couldn’t move when we played Florida. The first time we beat Florida in 32 years and I couldn’t be there. Being able to go and still experience Texas A&M and the bowl game, that was just amazing and sort of gave me a boost.”
Landon talked at length about his return to the field and the rest of the UK offensive line. He mentioned that Darian Kinnard has almost exclusively played tackle, an interesting twist after spending his freshman season at guard. Young also looks more enormous than ever before.
No Spring Break for Terry Touchdown
Many of the Wildcats went home or took a vacation during UK’s Spring Break. Not Terry Wilson. The quarterback stuck around Lexington for a week.
“I just didn’t feel like going out and spending a bunch of money and stuff like that, so I decided to stay around here,” Wilson said.
I appreciate his honesty. Most QBs would give some BS about wanting to be a leader, yada yada. Nope, he’s just a frugal man. I respect that.
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