Kentucky Wildcats Football: Why We Have WR Depth by Fall

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At yesterday’s spring game everyone was talking about the running backs- and for good reason, they put on a show. Watching the game you saw very few impact plays by the wide receivers and those that got play time got several reps since they are so thin at that position. That position seems bleak right now, but by fall I am confident that the Air Raid attack will happen in full force.

While they are thin at WR, they won’t be as thin this fall as they were yesterday. Here’s the rundown:

#1 Ryan Timmons: played in every game last season and started half of them, he was second on the team with 32 catches for 338 yards and 2 touchdowns. On track to have a very successful sophomore season, he was also very impressive at the spring game despite being a little banged up.

Oct 24, 2013; Starkville, MS, USA; Kentucky Wildcats running back Ryan Timmons (1) advances the ball during the game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Davis Wade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

#8 Javess Blue: UK’s top WR last season as a JUCO transfer; he had 43 receptions for 586 yards and 4 touchdowns. You didn’t see him at the spring game due to a shoulder surgery temporarily putting him out of action, but he will be back in time for camp and ready to put on a show next season.

Nov 23, 2013; Athens, GA, USA; Kentucky Wildcats wide receiver Javess Blue (8) tries to prevent a tackle by Georgia Bulldogs cornerback Shaq Wiggins (6) during the second quarter at Sanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

#9 Demarco Robinson: last season had 20 catches for 213 yards. While he had some off the field issues, he was back for spring ball and played a good game yesterday getting lots of touches. Set to get substantial playing time his senior season.

#10 Thaddeus Snodgrass: he was a highly recruited prospect and has the speed to make an impact. While he didn’t have a HUGE spring game (though he was banged up), once he hits the weight room and gets through summer camp he could vie for reps this season.

#13 Jeff Badet: Also sidelined for spring ball due to a leg break, he was 3rd on the team for receptions as a true freshman with 22 catches for 285 yards and 1 TD. He played his stand out game against Tennessee (which the BBN should love). He is a pretty explosive guy and coming off his injury could reasonably be a starter for his sophomore season with Timmons and Blue.

Nov 30, 2013; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats wide receiver Jeff Badet (13) runs the ball against the Tennessee Volunteers in the second half at Commonwealth Stadium. Tennessee defeated Kentucky 27-14. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

#17 Alex Montgomery: Yet another guy out of commission for the spring game as he was recovering from an ACL tear that happened last season. Pre-injury he had 16 catches for 137 yards and two touchdowns as a true freshman and played every game up until his injury. His size and skill make him a starting contender as well.

#29 Austin Sheehan- redshirted his freshman year and didn’t play his second year, but was one of Patrick Towles’ favorite WR’s in high school at Highlands. Could he see some field action this year if Towles wins out that QB spot?

#81 Rashad Cunningham- Was not allowed to play last season (his redshirt sophomore year), but played in 6 games as a redshirt freshman. Had significant reps at the spring game so his experience on the off-season could earn him some field time in the fall.

#82 T.V. Williams- While his size is a disadvantage, he continues to gain weight and his speed is a huge strength. Had a decent spring game, but he can see play time in the fall and the coaches seemed please with his progress all spring.

#83 Cameron Fogel- Didn’t see game action last season as a freshman, but did get some reps at the spring game. He was Drew Barker’s receiver in high school and we saw a couple Connor High connections yesterday. If Barker wins the starting spot it is likely we would see more of Fogel as well.

#84 Miles Thompson: Also redshirted last season, but has good size and potential to make an impact.

#87 Joey Herrick: Walked on last season after playing in JUCO, he played 7 games last season with 3 catches for 22 yards. Could be a definite backup guy should the injury bug strike again. He saw some reps at yesterday’s game as well.

#88 A.J. Johnson: Transferred to Kentucky after spending 2 seasons at Foothill College and Western Oregon for his redshirt and redshirt freshman seasons. Spent 2 years on scout team at UK, could be a go-to second-string guy at his final season at Kentucky.

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