Steven Borden, TE
Jr.-JC, 6′ 3″ 241 lbs.
Before UK (Compliments Of UKathletics)
Junior College: Second-team all-conference tight end at Kilgore (Texas) College … Caught 11 passes as a sophomore for 181 yards, a 16.5-yard average, and four touchdowns … Coached at Kilgore by J.J. Eckert.
At Southwestern Assemblies: Played defensive end during the 2010 season at Southwestern Assemblies of God, an NAIA school in Waxahachie, Texas … Made 35 tackles, featuring 7.5 tackles for loss, including 3.5 quarterback sacks.
High School: Played his senior season as a defensive end at Waxahachie High School, helping team to a 12-1 record and the quarterfinals of the state Class AAAA playoffs … Earned first-team all-district honors … Coached at Waxahachie by David Ream … Played three seasons at Santa Clarita Christian High School in California as a quarterback, receiver and linebacker … Coached at Santa Clarita by Garrick Moss … Also played basketball in high school.
As A Wildcat
Steven is a Junior College transfer who has yet to play a game at UK, but Offensive Coordinator Neal Brown thinks Borden has what it takes to be a top tier tight end at UK under his Air Raid system. Here is a bit of what ESPN has to say about Steven Borden.
Borden comes across as a physical and productive tight end. While lacking a little in ideal height he is a thickly built kid who demonstrates good playing strength. He can contribute well as a blocker. From an in-line position does a good job of coming out of his stance low with good hip roll on contact. He does a very nice job of getting inside placement with his hands and drives his knees and is capable of generating vertical push off the ball. Also a productive blocker in space as he stays under control, uses good angles and can quickly snatch inside leverage with his hands. Will likely contribute best as a blocker, but can be a solid receiving target. An adequate route runner who could struggle to win in transition, but he does demonstrate above average straight-line speed for his size and is productive on vertical routes. Displays solid hands and demonstrates good concentration to catch the ball with a defender on him and adjusts well to poorly thrown balls. After the catch will lower his shoulder and battle for yards and force you to wrap him up. Borden is a little better suited for more of a pro-style attack, but he is a tough tight end with the tools in the right fit to contribute well to an offense.