By LARRY VAUGHT
His first four years at Kentucky, recevier David Bouvier played in six games — and had just one catch. The former walk-on was a seldom used player but this season he’s blossomed not only into a starter, but a key player for UK.
He had touchdown catches against both Central Michigan and Florida. After three games, he has five catches for 91 yards and is also the team’s starting punt returner. He could be a pivotal player for Kentucky tonight against Mississippi State with the ability he’s shown to make big plays.
So why didn’t Stoops notice and/or use Bouvier before, especially with the way Charles Walker, another former walk-on, performed at both receiver and returner?
“Chuck (Walker) was a tough guy to replace, reliable and just tough and you have to have a craft to play that inside position. David, we did recognize him before, but the opportunity to play… as I mentioned before, the ability to spread people out and play with three or four wide receivers comes from just being better across the board at throwing the football with protecting and throwing and creating plays,” Stoops said.
“So with that you get more opportunities, same with getting C.J. (Conrad) the ball and Lynn (Bowden) and David and others.”