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This C.J. Conrad Stat is Ridiculous

Kentucky tight end C.J. Conrad has earned plenty of praise throughout his career.  No matter what he does, fans want to see more, and rightfully so.  If Conrad catches a pass, there’s a good chance it’s going to be a touchdown.

In four years of football, Conrad has averaged one touchdown every five times he has caught a pass.  To put it another way, 20 percent of Conrad’s receptions are touchdowns.  That stat was even more incredible last year.  Conrad turned every fourth reception into a touchdown.

It’s easy to understand why fans want to see more.  That level of production is remarkable.  What’s hard to see is how well he performs when he isn’t catching passes.  Thanks to Pro Football Focus, an outlet that grades every player in every game, there’s a number assigned to his awesomeness as a blocker.  Conrad is Kentucky’s highest-graded returning player.  The 82.7 grade in 2017 was ranked 15th among all tight ends.

Conrad’s efforts have not gone unnoticed.  The preseason Third Team All-SEC Selection has been named to the John Mackey Award Watch List for the second consecutive season.  If Conrad can bounce back after a season-ending injury, he could take home hardware as the nation’s top tight end on December 5.

Up to 255 pounds, Conrad is poised to make enough plays to earn the prestigious honor, but that’s not his goal this season.  “My personal expectation this year is to get this team to play in the SEC Championship Game,” Conrad said at SEC Media Days. “That’s something I really want to do and I know it’s something this team wants to do.”


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

9 Comments for This C.J. Conrad Stat is Ridiculous

  1. JTHinton
    11:29 am July 21, 2018 Permalink

    Means he’s ether the best tight end ever or we need to get him the ball more…if we do get him the ball, he’s gonna have a breakout year! Go Cats!!!

  2. Alleykat16
    12:11 pm July 21, 2018 Permalink

    I can’t believe how UK dont do more things to get the ball in his hands. I mean they should be trying to get the ball in his hands as soon as they cross the 50 yrs. line. He should be our number 1 target this year

    • SGD
      7:54 pm July 22, 2018 Permalink

      James Whalen played TE and set a single season record with 90 catches as a senior. What does Conrad have for his career, 40 receptions? Stoops will never pass the ball that much, no matter what Gran would do.

  3. justaregulardude
    4:10 pm July 21, 2018 Permalink

    We would get him the ball more if the O line could hold up and he could release. As it is, he has to stay in to block more often than not. Hope to see that change this season.

    • TBW3011
      7:21 am July 22, 2018 Permalink

      We haven’t had a QB who can complete a pass either. Hopefully we have one this year.

  4. W1ldCats4Life
    9:38 pm July 21, 2018 Permalink

    We should run every set the Pats run for Gronk. No adjustments at all, CJ can be that dominant. And when he’s dominating on Sunday we will still be saying we should have got him the ball more.

  5. MegatonRange
    10:03 pm July 21, 2018 Permalink

    Didn’t I see this story earlier? Wait, this is KSR, yes I did.

  6. Miller45
    12:50 am July 24, 2018 Permalink

    I think CJ needs to be utilized way more is the first time the fans are all in agreement over anything