By LARRY VAUGHT
Could 6-5 receiver Ahmad Wagner be a possible catalyst for the Kentucky offense?
You remember Wagner. He’s the former Ohio high school football standout had 58 passes for 1,028 yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior and returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown in the Ohio Division I state championship game the only year he played football.
He opted to play college basketball at Iowa but after three seasons, he decided to make a dramatic switch and transferred to UK to play football. He has two years of eligibility and hoped to literally be a “big” target for UK’s passing game.
However, he’s still waiting to his chance to help make plays for an offense that could use a big-play receiver.
“He is a guy that is intriguing in that way who could step up as well. As you know, when you’re not getting that many plays it’s hard to rotate. When you’re not out there just pitching and catching it’s hard to rotate guys in that type of game,” UK coach Mark Stoops said.
“But he is a guy that you think about. We’ve been working with him and as we go good against good, he has that great size and he can go up over people at times and create that play that we’re looking for.”
That’s the type of play Kentucky has not had that successful programs need.
“Again, if you look at Texas A&M going into that game, Clemson was in the same situation we are. They just went up at two different times and simply went up over them and made great individual plays,” Stoops said. “Otherwise they had the same problems with three-and-outs. And we know how good they are offensively.
“But we do got to look for options. Ahmad is one of them. And Zy’Aire (Hughes) may be another one with the speed that he has.”
Sophomore Tavin Richardson is another player that Stoops would like to “get going” more.
“We definitely do, and there’s things that we can do within the offense to be intentional about getting him the ball and getting that position the ball, but there’s also things that all players can do better as well. So, that’s mutual,” Stoops said.