The 2013 season has officially come and gone in what seems like an unrealistically short amount of time. While there were certainly some bright spots, the summary is probably more disappointing than most of the Kentucky faithful would have liked. Maybe the most promising thing about the entire 2013 season, might be the experience that so many of the young players were able to obtain throughout the year. Here’s a snapshot of the returning talent at each position. Today’s post will cover the offensive skill positions.
Kentucky will return all of their scholarship quarterbacks. Jalen Whitlow and Maxwell Smith took all of the team’s reps at the position this year, but sophomore Patrick Towles and freshman Reese Phillips will be fresh off of their redshirt seasons to challenge the incumbents. If no one can stand out, the door may be open for true freshman and early enrollee Drew Barker to take the job. Losing no one, bringing two players off of redshirts, and adding one of the nations top high school quarterbacks should put the team into a considerably better position next season.
On paper, losing Raymond Sanders and Jonathan George should be tough to overcome, but don’t expect the Wildcats to miss a beat. Junior Braylon Heard will be eligible after transferring from Nebraska after sitting out last year and he will join a thunder and lighting duo of Dyshawn Mobley and Jojo Kemp. Depending on how his rehab goes, Josh Clemons may also be in the mix and could be a force if he can regain the ability that made him one of the team’s most promising freshmen two years ago. True Freshmen Mikel Horton and Boom Williams should factor in as well.
The Wildcats suffered through some growing pains and freak injuries this year, but are not expected to lose a single receiver from the roster. In addition to returning everyone, the Wildcats are poised to bring in a recruiting class that is absolutely loaded at the position.
At tight end, Kentucky will lose four seniors, but no one that was a big part of the offense over the last few years. The increase of receivers should allow the staff to de-emphasize the tight end position.