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UK WR Akeem Hayes voices frustration in offense, deletes tweets

Kentucky’s defense is celebrating a six-interception, shutout win over the Mississippi State Bulldogs, but the offense still has quite a bit of questions to answer moving forward.

Despite the 24-2 victory, the Wildcats finished with just 157 net yards on the evening, including 84 net rushing yards and 73 passing yards.

As a team, UK finished with 138 fewer total yards, eight fewer first downs, lost the time of possession battle 25:11 to 34:49, completed just eight passes, and punted the ball eight times. The Wildcats had five three-and-outs and eight drives of ten yards or less.

After a night of offensive struggles, UK wide receiver Akeem Hayes took to Twitter to voice his frustration in the lack of production and targets coming his way.

“19 out,” he said in one tweet.

“I Thought the best players supposed to play ???” the redshirt sophomore added.

Hayes deleted both tweets within minutes.

In the win, Hayes finished with zero targets after picking up 30 yards on two receptions last week against Ole Miss and 24 yards, two receptions and one touchdown to open the season at Auburn.

Just this week, UK offensive coordinator Eddie Gran – Hayes’ lead recruiter out of high school – said he was grateful the 5-foot-8 receiver was still on the team after a difficult start to his career academically.

“He had done some things academically that were not up to our standard. Quite honestly, he was on his way out,” Gran said. “He turned it around.”

After back-to-back semesters of 3.0 grade-point averages, Gran said Hayes has gotten his “act together” in the classroom and is now ready to contribute on the field.

“He’s contributing now [on offense]. He’s getting better every day,” Gran said. “Everybody wants the ball but if you sow seeds things will pay off. He is starting to get a taste of success which has been really good for the young man.”

Here’s to hoping the UK offense can get back on track against Tennessee.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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29 Comments for UK WR Akeem Hayes voices frustration in offense, deletes tweets



  1. goteam94
    12:21 am October 11, 2020 Permalink

    Joey Gatewood should get a fair shot at quarterback.



    • satcheluk
      8:27 am October 13, 2020 Permalink

      Put in Richie!



  2. dwhite
    12:34 am October 11, 2020 Permalink

    I think we play them both. Nothing but administration for TW but JG deserves a chance to run offense. Terry does good things for sure but just not that accurate passing the ball. Let’s get the best from both QB’s and see what happens.



    • Corder
      7:15 pm October 11, 2020 Permalink

      What does he do good? I’ve backed terry since he’s been here but after the first three games I’m done with wasting the talent we get year in and year out with sub par QBs. Time to look towards the future and give the young guns the ball and let them work towards something. Terry is done after this year and had all offseason to work out and get ready. Looks to me like he has got worse and is now scared to take hits. Sorry but enough is enough it’s time to not waste and entire season because of loyalty. The team comes first. What’s best for the team is what’s best for everybody.



  3. UKinIN
    12:37 am October 11, 2020 Permalink

    It never looks good when you’re selfish after a win.



    • CJKAssassin123
      12:48 am October 11, 2020 Permalink

      At lest we got a win. I going to sleep rather nice tonight. Best way to cap off the night I had a really bad day at work unloading a truck,and dealing with a duckweed truck driver who was slower than a snail putting boxes on the rollers. Plus he was 3 hrs late (now I know why). So the cats pitching a shutout defensively salvaged my night. Plus I didn’t get a chance to watch the game which I was hoping to be able to do. Oh well, there is always next week. God ??? let us beat the bourbon/whiskey out of Tennessee!!!



    • runningunnin.454
      12:49 am October 11, 2020 Permalink

      Well, he should not have put that out there; but technically, that wasn’t a win for the offense.



  4. TexasJoe
    12:59 am October 11, 2020 Permalink

    Our offense scored 10 points, their offense scored 0 points, that seems like a win for the offense?



    • runningunnin.454
      1:16 am October 11, 2020 Permalink

      If that gives you confidence going into the UT game, good for you; but, how many SEC games can we win scoring only 10 points? Ten first downs and 157 yards for a whole game isn’t anything to write home about. Our defense kept the Miss State QB off balance the whole game, and this was their game.



    • 2andToodleLoo
      5:46 am October 11, 2020 Permalink

      How quickly you forgot the offense stats vs Auburn and Ole Miss.



  5. JohnnyCat
    7:47 am October 11, 2020 Permalink

    Eddie Gran is just so frustratingly predictable. I see plays others run all the time and think…if UK ran that it would work because it fits their personnel. But it seems we never make adjustments or come up with anything original from week to week. I can feel the frustration from the WRs…no wonder we never get those top tier playmakers at UK (other than at RB). And I’d much rather see Beau than Gatewood. JG probably just be a bigger slower version of TW in that offense.



    • Cmart0907
      8:14 am October 11, 2020 Permalink

      Everything Terry Wilson throw was set plays. Then Damn screen throws with NO RECEIVERS blocking the DBs get blown up every time. Like i don’t understand it.



    • michaelb
      9:20 am October 11, 2020 Permalink

      You gotta give credit to the defense too , it’s the sec they try to take away your strengths



  6. BIGblueFootBallGuy
    7:59 am October 11, 2020 Permalink

    He can’t catch a ball what is he got to whine about.



  7. Cmart0907
    8:13 am October 11, 2020 Permalink

    I mean can you blame him? He a wide receiver. He wanna play. Last week out defense was horrible and our offense was good. This week it’s the complete opposite. Head scratcher.



  8. kjd
    8:38 am October 11, 2020 Permalink

    He should have very candidly talked to the coaches, not air this publicly. Yet, his remarks are correct. Our offense does nothing to help WR recruitment, and will probably effect retention of the ones we have. Then again, TW doesn’t possess good passing skills nor can he make all the throws. When TW is having an off night, it reduces Gran’s options in the passing game.



  9. Go Deep
    9:09 am October 11, 2020 Permalink

    He didn’t really air this publicly. No one would know if not for this article. He was frustrated, reacted and almost immediately realized it was a mistake and tried to take it back.



  10. InigoMontoya
    9:15 am October 11, 2020 Permalink

    Here’s the recipe for the wide receivers:
    1) CATCH THE DAMN BALL;
    2) Get open/separation first.



  11. michaelb
    9:16 am October 11, 2020 Permalink

    Frustration is understood , I like that he wants it . I’ve seen a lot worse done by higher profile players . They should forget this , throw him the ball , see if he puts on next game .



  12. michaelb
    9:18 am October 11, 2020 Permalink

    I see comments on here and on post game shows sayin ‘ receivers ain’t gettin open ‘. I can tell you that is not completely true , last game our guys were high school open



  13. slam212121
    9:22 am October 11, 2020 Permalink

    KSR doesn’t like to harm kids by jumping on their dirty laundry. Kudos for KSR not airing Hayes mistake to put added pressure on a youth that just got his grades turned around and is working harder for his team and future.

    https://vimeo.com/392085464



  14. Pensacola_Cat_Fan
    9:58 am October 11, 2020 Permalink

    He’s right. Stoops won’t bench Wilson or Rose no matter how bad they play. No other coach in the SEC honors loyalty more than skill like Stoops who is the most conservative/play not to lose coach in the league (if not the country).



    • Cmart0907
      10:47 am October 11, 2020 Permalink

      Sounds like Calipari. He won’t bench bad players. Nick Saban will yank their ass right out the game for simple mistakes. That’s the difference.



  15. Miller45
    12:22 pm October 11, 2020 Permalink

    The frustration is going to and should be there, but there are ways to channel that without being toxic



  16. jwhit80
    1:04 pm October 11, 2020 Permalink

    The qbs lack of accuracy/passing skills and the wrs lack of hands don’t do much to help the team. Stack the box against us because they aren’t afraid if the passing game. What can it hurt to try a change? Of all years for a free pass, 2020 is that year!



  17. michaelb
    3:09 pm October 11, 2020 Permalink

    It’s been a long time since we’ve had a wide receiver with any conviction (outside of Bowden) let him have a shot



  18. east-ky-boy
    4:15 pm October 11, 2020 Permalink

    Shouldn’t go public with anything like that. BUT… I cannot blame him for the frustration. Not my opinion, but common sense, Wilson can’t throw very well. We all know that. He’s our QB because gran wants a running QB that can throw in a few screen passes. That’s what he wants. Wilson fits that mode. Miss state stopped our offensive norm. What does coaches supposed to do? CHANGE GAME PLANS IN GAME! Gatewood is athletic and can run but can throw downfield as well. Woulda be smart to pull Wilson not for “you suck” stuff but for, “plan B”. It’s called coaching. Other coaches does it!