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Who is the Cats’ most consistent receiver? They may still be looking

Kentucky’s offense has Benny Snell. Kentucky’s defense has Josh Allen. Yes, there are obviously other major contributors, and guys like AJ Rose, Mike Edwards, Kash Daniel and Jordan Jones deserve recognition and respect. But, at the end of the day, Kentucky leans most heavily on its greatest strengths: No. 26 and No. 41.

The Wildcats can feel safe with their run game. No, the Texas A&M game wasn’t pretty, but Snell has fought his way to nearly the top of the Cats’ all-time leading rushers, and his eight rushing touchdowns are the most by any player in the SEC. It’s the passing game that is a different story.

UK’s passing offense is ranked as No. 14 – or dead last – in the SEC and No. 122 out of 129 across the country. And while that’s obviously disheartening, it’s not necessarily one player’s fault. In fact, there simply isn’t that “one” player.

Lynn Bowden is the obvious option for the Cats’ most consistent catcher – he has 27 catches for 273 yards (10.3 yards per catch) and two touchdowns this season. He’s had explosive moments and could be developed into a great receiver if the circumstances present themselves, but he’ll need to work to make that happen. He needs Terry Wilson to get him the ball, he needs good blocks and, perhaps most importantly, he needs to control his hot-headed tendencies. His inexperience creates inconsistencies and his youth can create drama.

On the other end of the spectrum, Kentucky fans have been waiting for (and looking forward to) senior CJ Conrad’s breakout season for what feels like decades. He’s shown moments of brilliance – the pass he caught against Mississippi State was nothing short of perfection – but for whatever reason, he has not been utilized as much as we all hoped he would be. Whether that’s a Terry Wilson issue, an Eddie Gran issue or the team simply needing his talents elsewhere, it doesn’t really matter. What matters is he’s averaging less than three catches per game and has zero touchdowns on the season.

Dorian Baker was another player the team was happy to have back this season. After two years of injury, the hype around Baker had finally returned and the BBN was ready to see him in action.  And yes, like Conrad, Baker has had a few memorable catches throughout the season, but he simply hasn’t been that consistent force the offense needs him to be. So far this year, Baker has nine receptions for a total of 100 yards and zero touchdowns.

Tavin Richardson, Ahmad Wagner, Zy’Aire Hughes, Josh Ali and Isiah Epps are all familiar names around the football program, but none of these players have emerged as the team’s main receiver this season. Next year, the Cats will be without Conrad, Baker and David Bouvier, so one of the younger guys will have to step up. Wouldn’t it be beneficial to start going to that guy, whoever he may be, now?

Even if the Cats aren’t able to find that one go-to guy, that could work in their favor. If opponent defenses aren’t sure where the Cats are going or who they’re going to, more options open up. The only issue? Someone has to be able to catch it.

Whether or not you believe the Cats are exercising all of their options on offense, it’s undeniable Kentucky must find a more consistent receiver in order to improve their passing game. Who do you think it should be?


Article written by Maggie Davis

26 Comments for Who is the Cats’ most consistent receiver? They may still be looking

  1. Cmart0907
    10:35 pm October 14, 2018 Permalink

    Bonehead play calling. That’s the problem

    • Trekkev
      1:42 am October 15, 2018 Permalink

      I agree. Play calling against A&M was not good. I’ve watched the game twice since. Tried to be something we aren’t. Run to set up the pass, not the other way around. A&M did not stop our run game at all. Play calling did. Benny got yards. Of his first 3 touches, 2 went for over 8 yards. They just didn’t feed him enough. We did not have a 0 or negative run play (excluding QB sacks) until the middle / end of the 3rd quarter. Keep running it until they STOP it. I don’t get not going back to Conrad more after he gashed them 2 times on the opening drive. We should have won that game. Hopefully this is a lesson learned for the staff. Richardson and Bouvier are the most consistent pass catches we have.

    • Cmart0907
      8:04 am October 15, 2018 Permalink

      I think these coaches need designed route for these receivers to get open. They’re playing man to man. Throw the ball east and west for a screen play with no receivers infront to block for the receiver. No play action , no hurry up , no wildcat formation. Sit back and read the field and “hope” somebody get open. I don’t blame the receivers, nor Terry Wilson. These coaches gotta put these kids in a position to succeed. And they failed miserably against Texas A&M.

  2. Shively1978
    6:03 am October 15, 2018 Permalink

    You can’t put it all on Terry. The blocking from the o line sucked in that game which didn’t give him time and our recovers failed to get open. Playing Hoak would be the same as Barker was the last few games he played sack after sack. I’d like to know why everyone thinks Hoak is the answer. If I was going to make a change it would be Clark. The problem with our offense is Eddie Gran trying to change our offense. There was so much talk about Am rush defense we went away from what works for us and also Conrad and Richardson need more targets. Richardson was big the last part of last year. If we are going to have a passing game he has to be a part of it cause truth be told Baker makes hard catches but overall using video game ratings his catch is a D

    • east-ky-boy
      8:46 am October 15, 2018 Permalink

      Reason we all think that is because he’s never given us a reason not too. Every time he comes in things look smooth as silk.

  3. Iamheasyouarehe
    9:57 am October 15, 2018 Permalink

    Would really like to see Bowden get more touches.

  4. Jesus H. Chrysler
    9:49 pm October 15, 2018 Permalink

    D-Clark would throw the Rock around. He needs some snaps ASAP