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What to Watch for at UK’s Open Football Practice

via UK Athletics

via UK Athletics

Tomorrow morning the Kentucky football team will open its doors to fans beginning at 9:00 a.m.  Following an autograph session at the Nutter Indoor Facility, the team will hit the practice field around 11:00 a.m.  The Cats can’t pop shoulder pads just yet, but there will still be a few fun things to keep an eye on, like…

— Every Single Throw.  In two hours you’ll get to see at least 100 passes each from Terry Wilson and Gunnar Hoak.  It will probably take the coaches more than a month to make up their mind, but you can decide who you believe is the best after just one helmeted practice (even though that’s not fair whatsoever).

— A Goliath Battle.  Defensive tackle Calvin Taylor is 6’9″ 300 pounds.  Offensive tackle Nick Lewis is 6’9″ 350 pounds.  If the two match-up, it might be the largest fight in the history of the Commonwealth.

— Dominant DBs.  If Kentucky’s secondary is going to be the real deal, they should beat the young wide receivers on a consistent basis.  Even though defensive backs are at a natural disadvantage in one-on-one drills, this group of talented veterans should have the upper hand.

— Ahmad Freaking Wagner.  There are a handful of wide receivers I can’t blame the defensive backs for losing to and Ahmad Wagner is one of them.  The Iowa basketball transfer has been away from the game for a while, but he’s too big to defend, even for tall corners like Chris Westry and Lonnie Johnson.  You will not believe how big Wagner is until you see him.

— Das Boot.  Austin MacGinnis was automatic for four years.  To be honest, he made the special teams period boring.  With a few fresh faces, it’ll be interesting to see how Chance Poore and Max Duffy handle kicking in font of a crowd.

— Coaches Screaming. Is it a bad thing that I enjoy watching parents discipline children and coaches screaming at players?  Probably.

— Where and How is Bowden Getting the Ball?  The playbook will not be too exotic on the second day of practice, but it’ll be interesting to see if Eddie Gran does different things to put the ball in Bowden’s hands.

—  Benny Snell.  Enjoy him before he’s gone.


Article written by Nick Roush

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

1 Comment for What to Watch for at UK’s Open Football Practice

  1. WildcatCam
    10:22 pm August 3, 2018 Permalink

    Is Derrick Baity still around?!