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Kentucky Wildcats Football: Young WR's provide hope

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Day two of the Kentucky Wildcats Fall football practice is in the books. Yesterday, one of the story lines was dropped passes, but that may just be chalked up to first day jitters. And it seems that some of the true freshmen receivers were the ones that were impressing.

“I thought we were nervous day one, especially the new guys, the freshmen, and it showed,” offensive coordinator Neal Brown said. “We dropped some passes. But we caught the ball really well today. I don’t anticipate that being an issue at all, like it was at times last year. During team period, we may have had one drop. I don’t anticipate that being a problem going forward.”

Five members of UK’s highly touted incoming class are wide receivers, giving UK much-needed depth at a position that severely lacked it a season ago. So far, Brown has been encouraged by the group.

“Really, really excited about some of the young freshmen wideouts,” Brown said. “They’re catching on quicker. The new rules in the summer obviously helped us.”

Asked for detail on which of the five impressed him, Brown named Dorian Baker and Blake Bone, “the two big kids.”

“We need those guys,” Brown said. “We need length. I talked about it in detail last year: we need some guys with some size. I’ve been impressed with those guys. Dorian probably had a better day one than day two, but excited about both those.”

While it’s good to hear that the freshman wideouts are stepping up, Brown also singled out some of the freshmen linemen that redshirted last year, as well as running backs Boom Williams and Mikel Horton.

There is also no word on any separation on the quarterbacks, but this is expected to be a position battle that will go deep into camp.

Things get a bit more real tomorrow, however as the players will practice in pads for the first time.  So far, Brown has referred to practice as “flag football”, but it all gets real tomorrow.

 

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