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Through two games, CJ Conrad has two targets

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Remember before the season started when fans were comparing UK TE CJ Conrad to New England Patriot TE Rob Gronkowski? How Conrad had the ability to follow in the footsteps of Jacob Tamme to become Kentucky’s next great tight end?

Through the second game of the season, CJ Conrad has managed just one reception for five yards on two targets. One reception. Two Targets.

The first name Eddie Gran mentioned upon arrival was Conrad, how Kentucky had impressive weapons like the 6’5, 25o lb. tight end out of LaGrange, Ohio to make something happen on offense.

Conrad has been invisible thus far, not even being sniffed by the quarterbacks or coaching staff. Half the time the guy doesn’t even make it out off the line of scrimmage, staying back and providing protection for the QB as an H-back or blocking on the line. The offensive line needs some help, and Conrad is definitely needed there for some support, but you can’t have a target as valuable as Conrad and not find a way to put the ball in his hands.

Nick went into detail several weeks ago about how Eddie Gran completely revamped Travis Kelsie’s career at Cincinnati, where his statistics managed to triple in all major receiving categories en route to becoming an extremely successful tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs in the NFL. At UK, repeating this is still a work in progress, to say the least.

Following today’s game, Eddie Gran touched base on needing to reevaluate personnel, taking personal blame for the team’s offensive woes. As part of these offensive issues, he said Conrad’s usage needs to be looked at to incorporate him further in the offense. “That’s definitely something we need to look at going forward. We tried to get him the ball on the first play last week, went for him again later on in the game. But we definitely need to look at getting him the ball more, that falls back on me. CJ has the potential to be a major player for us going forward, and I need to do my part to make that happen.

Sure, it’s week two. Sure, Drew Barker only threw the ball 10 times and ended up on his back more often than not against the Gators, but two targets for a player as valuable as Conrad, for a team in need of someone to step up and contribute just isn’t acceptable.

Gran said all the right things following the game in terms of getting Conrad the ball, but actions speak louder than words. This offense needs reliable guys to keep the sticks moving, and right now, the only person doing that is Boom Williams. If he has to continue carrying the weight for the entire offense, he’s going to be hurt by Week 5, and then we enter a whole new realm of problems.

Whatever it takes, put the ball in CJ Conrad’s hands. 

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

7 Comments for Through two games, CJ Conrad has two targets

  1. FunkyMonkey
    9:39 pm September 10, 2016 Permalink

    That’s what I don’t like,… the dishonesty. The prior OC and this one constantly promised Conrad would be used. Look, if you’re not going to feature a tight end in your offense, so be it. But at least be honest with the kid since he has real potential so he can transfer to a school and OC that is a better fit.

  2. 72uksprinter
    9:45 pm September 10, 2016 Permalink

    Good points there, Jack, but next week is the game where we can evaluate the offense and see about things like Conrad getting the targets he earned since last season, if Barker can rebound and if our O-line can execute fundamental blocking assignments.
    There was no chance to evaluate any player on offense today except for the all-too-few bursts from our beloved Boom.
    The Gators are as close to an NFL defense as we will see all year (and we shall see more just as good).
    Their size, speed, mobility, excellent fundamentals, depth and discipline combined to make it impossible for our “offense” to function at all.

  3. bluecat15
    10:03 pm September 10, 2016 Permalink

    We are terrible.

  4. Big Blue Shawn
    10:15 pm September 10, 2016 Permalink

    He would have a better shot at the NFL if he transferred to EKU.

  5. FCFS82
    11:19 pm September 10, 2016 Permalink

    It’s Travis Kelce, not Kelsie.

  6. channell
    9:26 am September 11, 2016 Permalink

    It’s almost like a conspiracy. Who would think that UK actually hired coaches to totally destroy this program. I know this is probably not true, but it appears as if it is. Joker had nothing in comparison to the recruits that UK has now but he did no worse than Stoops. I think Stoops will be a defensive coordinator for someone next year but maybe not. As all no UK is the talk of the sports world and it’s not good news.

  7. Patches
    11:24 am September 11, 2016 Permalink

    Let us all face it. All the Ohio St. rejects are not gonna help this team. Not a single one has yet to make a memorable play or impact for this team. This coaching staff has punched their tickets for easy pay days and really do not care a twit about UK football. No player development means you have high school players getting schooled every week by lesser teams with lesser talent. I will truly be surprised if UK wins next week. As for Barker he did not have good stats in high school as a passer so how can he have them in the SEC? Never seen such a pathetic performance as he has had the last 4 quarters he has played. Bet he starts every game tho because the clueless and give a crap Stoops promised it to him. Cannot say a single good thing about this program. I doubt it could beat most the teams in the OVC.