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Tight Ends Contribution

The hype around the program this offseason offered details about the improvements all over the field for the Cats. Tight end has been virtually non-existent in UK’s offensive game plan each of the last two seasons, and with the addition of some young talent on the ends that was supposed to change this season. Fast forward to September 5th, the tight ends combined for a whopping 0 yards on 0 targets in the season opener.

That’s a disappointing statistic, but let me drop some knowledge on ya. Both the guys competing for the position are freshmen, albeit, Darryl Long is a redshirt. Conrad is the guy everyone was expecting to come in as a freshman and have a huge season for the Cats based off how he performed in high school a year earlier. Welcome to the SEC, it don’t always work like that. Yes, Conrad is a talented player and he will be an effective starting tight end in our program. I just don’t see it happening this year.

Sources around the program have mentioned that the tight end position may not be used as much as we expect it to this season, and mainly because the two young guys aren’t ready to compete on the SEC level. Long isn’t where he needs to be physically, and Conrad has to get his technique and mental game down before he starts reeling in big grabs. As you saw (or didn’t see) yesterday, the tight end position is still a work in progress and needs to be given time. Don’t count on too much contribution from the tight end duo this season. With the depth at receiver, we will be fine in the passing game, but man would it be nice to finally get these tight ends contributing in the receptions department. Here’s to some progress.


Article written by Kaan Solagan

Senior at the University of Kentucky. Atherton High School Alumnus. "Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth." - The Greatest

10 Comments for Tight Ends Contribution

  1. jaws2
    8:15 pm September 6, 2015 Permalink

    My God where does Matt find these writers? If you actually saw this game last night Conrad was wide open at least 5 times and Towles NEVER gave him a look!! He sure as hell can’t catch the football if he never gets a throw to him. You would have to be completely blind to not have seen that last night. Towles locks on to one guy early and never looks away. The same problem as last year. The next time Matt sends somone to cover a game at least have them watch.

  2. I'm calling BS
    8:24 pm September 6, 2015 Permalink

    “Sources around the program have mentioned that the tight end position may not be used as much as we expect it to this season…”

    I’m calling BS. KSR is flat out lying to us now. For the last several weeks you guys have been practically sucking Conrad’s d!ck. Now you want to drop some secret source inside the program. Why didn’t anyone mention what these “sources” were saying previously? BS. This site is losing credibility in a hurry.

  3. Ridiculous post
    8:25 pm September 6, 2015 Permalink

    The QB “isn’t ready to compete on the SEC level”, either. We still use him.

    • Priceless
      8:36 pm September 6, 2015 Permalink

      at first I laughed at this comment then it hit me….sadly this is true and may cost us a decent season.

  4. Pharmboy
    9:38 pm September 6, 2015 Permalink

    Yes, he was open several times and not targeted. Also, watch the first play from scrimmage and tell me Conrad didn’t make any contribution. Tight ends aren’t just receivers.

    • novalsi
      9:56 pm September 6, 2015 Permalink

      You mean how he and Collins combined to take the ULL LBs COMPLETELY out of the play and get boom through to the secondary and into the end zone?

    • Pharmboy
      10:06 pm September 6, 2015 Permalink


  5. HaysC.
    10:55 pm September 6, 2015 Permalink

    What does the SEC have to do with this? We were playing against ULL of the mighty Sun Belt.

  6. Ridge Runner
    12:40 am September 7, 2015 Permalink

    As nearly everyone has mentioned already… it was not the lack of production from the TE’s due to them. I too counted the times I saw them open and I counted 4 with Towles NEVER looking their way. On one occasion he chose to throw incomplete into double coverage! Towles has to scan the field and he would see this as we the fans did. No sir… not blaming the TE’s whatsoever.

  7. BluKudzu
    6:12 am September 7, 2015 Permalink

    Zero production?
    Why not critique the QB on this one. He is not even ready for sun belt play. Sacked and intercepted by a sun belt defense, folks. Give that a moment to sink in….Sun Belt. TEs were ok, the problem is at QB in this offense.
    Whoever wrote this article will get a mulligan for this misfire. However, your credibility is zero at this point.