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Know Your Wildcat: Ryan Timmons

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— Height: 5’10”

— Weight: 185 lbs.

— Class: Freshman

— Experience: HS

— Position: Athlete

— Hometown: Frankfort, Kentucky

— High School:  Franklin County

Class of 2013 Rankings

— #68 WR, #5 player in Kentucky starstarstar

— #46 WR, starstarstar

— #23 RB, #4 player in Kentucky, starstarstarstar

— ESPN Recruiting: #28 Athlete, #4 player in Kentucky, starstarstarstar


How He Got Here

Timmons and fellow in-state talent Jason Hatcher were Mark Stoops’ top priorities when he took over at UK, and DJ Eliot spent his first day on the staff recruiting the speedy Franklin County star. When Neal Brown came on board, he took over Timmons’ recruitment and Timmons says one the reasons he chose Kentucky was Brown’s offense, which is similar to what he played in high school. On February 5th in front of his friends and family, Timmons committed to Kentucky, choosing the Cats over Illinois, Florida, Ohio State, and others.

High School Senior Year, 2012

During his senior year, Timmons rushed for 1,306 yards for 25 touchdowns and caught 33 balls for 1,004 yards and 16 touchdowns at Division 5A Franklin County. How ridiculous are those stats? He averaged almost 16 yards per carry and over 30 yards per reception. According to, Timmons led the nation in yards per touch (23.8 yards) two years in a row and also scored a touchdown every 2.3 times he touched the ball in 2012. He played running back, wide receiver, and returned kicks, and was named First Team All-State by the Courier Journal the Associated Press. He was also a five-time state champion in track, specializing in the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash.

Something You Didn’t Know About Him

He likes to do the Cousin Terio dance in Wal-Mart. Maybe he learned it from John Wall?

Something We Made Up About Him

He learned it from John Wall, who taught him the moves during a trip to Lexington this summer.

Most Recent Tweet

(13 days ’til kickoff)

Unfair NFL Comparison

Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers

Outlook for 2013

The sky’s the limit for Timmons, who is exactly the type of playmaker Neal Brown needs. Because Franklin County’s offense is so similar to the Air Raid, he already has a leg up on his teammates in learning the system. He’s super fast and explosive in the open field, and is turning heads in camp. The staff has mentioned him as one of the standout wide receivers so far, and he’s also taking reps at running back. Neal Brown loves dual threat players, so get used to seeing Timmons and Raymond Sanders in that role often this season.

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10 Comments for Know Your Wildcat: Ryan Timmons

  1. Billdozer
    4:14 pm August 19, 2013 Permalink

    Timmons will be UK’s version of Tavon Austin/Sammy Watkins. He’s THAT good… I covered him for two years and the kid is freaky athletic, fast and great at improvisation. He WILL be the star of this class.

  2. Old Cat
    4:30 pm August 19, 2013 Permalink

    Ryan must be considered for kickoff and punt returns? Do we have anyone better?

  3. Louisville1Cal4
    4:50 pm August 19, 2013 Permalink

    Timmons will be a star before it’s all said & done. Kid is super fast & a great playmaker, can’t wait to watch him while he’s at UK.

  4. Jax Teller
    4:53 pm August 19, 2013 Permalink

    The guy walking behind him in Walmart might be the funniest thing I’ve seen in a long time.

  5. Ukgoin49
    6:24 pm August 19, 2013 Permalink

    4 my thoughts exactly, I like how he tries to get around them thinks twice about it.

  6. Ukgoin49
    6:25 pm August 19, 2013 Permalink


  7. CatsFan12
    6:30 pm August 19, 2013 Permalink

    Hopefully he can break ankles like that at the college level. I think he will eventually.

  8. Baldist
    8:09 pm August 19, 2013 Permalink

    Isnt he a little young to have a receding hairline?

  9. Jessdogky
    8:28 am August 20, 2013 Permalink

    Dude is legit. I’ve seen him play in person several times and it wasn’t even fair. He WILL do big things at UK.

  10. Garmaster
    3:40 pm August 20, 2013 Permalink

    1. I’m not calling you a liar, but with Timmons’ stats, it doesn’t sound like anyone has been covering him the last 2 years.