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Vince Marrow says Justin Rigg is already better than C.J. Conrad

C.J. Conrad gets no respect. As soon as the UK tight end left Lexington, The Big Dog found a new favorite pup.

“Justin Rigg is playing at a different level,” said UK tight ends coach Vince Marrow. “Justin right now is playing better than any tight end I had here at this time since I’ve been here, six, seven years. He’s looking really good.”

When Vince made that statement after Kentucky’s tenth practice of the 2019 training camp, reporters did a double take. Mark Stoops’ greatest hype man wasn’t simply blowing smoke;.

“I’m going to be honest with you, Justin is better than C.J. Conrad. He’s more of what you look for in an all-around NFL tight end: 6-6, 260, long wingspan, soft hands, he can block at the point of attack. Justin Rigg is really, really — we’re going to do some good things with him.”

Vince did not intend to take a shot at C.J. He just wants the Big Blue Nation to understand what he gets to work with this year. While fans clamored for Conrad to receive more targets, he wasn’t always open. Marrow believes Rigg and Keaton Upshaw have the essential tools to give them more opportunities to make plays in the passing game. If Eddie Gran gives them an option route on third down, it’s going to be awfully tough to stop UK’s two incredibly talented tight ends.

“When you get a tight end that can run like him and Keaton (Upshaw), it’s a nightmare matchup for a lot of guys.”

One team’s nightmare is a Kentucky Wildcat’s dream, except for Conrad, that is.

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Article written by Nick Roush

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

8 Comments for Vince Marrow says Justin Rigg is already better than C.J. Conrad



  1. WKY Cat
    1:52 pm August 13, 2019 Permalink

    Gotta be careful how you talk up a player so it doesn’t seem like a slight to a prior player. But I hope he’s right and we actually use him.



    • jeffj
      2:15 pm August 13, 2019 Permalink

      Big Big words and Vince just don’t go spouting off



  2. bpisforuk
    2:51 pm August 13, 2019 Permalink

    If they can actually utilize the tight end spot in Gran’s passing schemes it will go along way. Opens up the game for the receivers and gives us options on those 3rd down +5. That’s when New England and the Steelers break the hearts of the opponents.



  3. Bourbon-n-Coke
    2:52 pm August 13, 2019 Permalink

    Exciting assessment! Hopefully there is an open practice soon so we can watch him since tight ends are not utilized during actual games.



  4. aron1976
    2:57 pm August 13, 2019 Permalink

    Think Gronk and Hernandez…they will be used and it’s only going to open up more room for the RB’s. So pumped for the upcoming season!



  5. kyle heavy
    6:33 pm August 13, 2019 Permalink

    Methinks Marrow discovered this well before this summer; rather, he had to wait until CJ could get to the NFL before revealing this. Marrow is no fool. He was constantly talking Rigg up the last two seasons while highly complementing CJ as the starter. He needed CJ to get signed with an NFL team to show recruits what we can do for them, but he also didn’t want Rigg transferring out before then. Rigg is gonna do big things this year.



  6. satcheluk
    9:56 pm August 13, 2019 Permalink

    Looking forward to a 12 formation with Riggs and Bates. Tough matchup for the defense. They can block or play action and both release for a pass. Really tough for the D.



    • kyle heavy
      7:46 am August 14, 2019 Permalink

      Sounds to me you’re going to be hearing more of Rigg and Upshaw.