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.