Oct 5, 2013; Columbia, SC, USA; Kentucky Wildcats running back Ryan Timmons (1) makes a touchdown reception in the fourth quarter at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

Kentucky Wildcats Football Preview: Ryan Timmons


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Photo by UK Athletics

Wide Receiver

Sophomore

Frankfort, Kentucky

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. Mississippi State Bulldogs win the game against Kentucky Wildcats 28-22. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan Timmons is a 5’10”, 193-pound wide receiver who has the potential to make a huge impact to the offense next season. Entering his sophomore year, the Kentucky native is looking to make some big plays.

As a part time starter last season he was the teams second leading scorer behind Javess Blue. In high school, his athleticism and speed made him a highly touted recruit. He was also diverse, playing wide receiver, running back and was on kickoff return. Due to his success, he was ranking in at the #23 running back in the nation by 247, the #28 athlete by ESPN and the #46 WR by scout. He was also a successful track runner at Franklin County High. He choose Kentucky over Wisconsin, WKU, Ohio State, Mizzou,  Cal, Florida, Purdue and Arkansas.

Because of his diversity in high school, he played a bit of a WR/RB hybrid last season. Due to this season’s strong and seasoned RB crew I expect him to take the majority of his minutes in the traditional WR position and compete for a permanent starting position.

Sep 14, 2013; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats running back Ryan Timmons (1) runs the ball against the Louisville Cardinals at Commonwealth Stadium. Louisville defeated Kentucky 27-13. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Last season he played in every game and started half of them. He the Cats in receiving with 32 catches for 338 yards and two touchdowns- the first being at South Carolina. He had a career-high 6 catches against Florida, and 3 for 72 yards against Louisville. In his first collegiate game down in Nashville he rushed 12 times for 91 yards- the longest was a 33-yarder

 

Here is Neal Brown, Stoops and Timmons on his expectations and his spring.

Timmons was recovering from an injury in the spring and often had the “no contact” jersey on at practice, but in the spring game he rushed once for 8 yards and had 5 receptions for 47 yards; his longest was 15.

With a solid spring and a great freshman season and the weight room and recovery time this summer I see no sign of a sophomore slump for Timmons. He has the potential to dominate the young, and thin wide receiver group. He should be a serious starting contender and make some big plays to get this Air Raid up and running.

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