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Could UK really be better at running back, tight end next season?

A.J. Rose (Jeff Houchin Photo)


This is the time of year for “talking season” no matter whether it is college football or college basketball. It’s never too early to speculate on what might happen in the upcoming seasons and even coaches often have time to talk about things they might not ordinarily mention during the season.

Actually, this is a perfect time of year for Kentucky recruiting coordinator Vince “Big Dog” Marrow.

He says Kentucky is “far ahead” of what most think due to losses off last year’s team due to graduation or early departure to the NFL. Marrow is extremely optimistic still about 2019.

“I know our roster and dealing with this recruiting. I know some things to worry about and I know some things that are really good with our team,” Marro said.

Here’s a big one not many might be expecting.

“If I tell people that we may be better at running back and tight end, two positions that people loved, what will they think,” Marrow said. “Talent-wise nothing against CJ Conrad or Benny Snell because Benny is a different type dude.

“But talent-wise (tight end) Justin Riggs has everything you look for and (running backs) AJ Rose and Kavosiey Smoke — you are going to see that second gear this year.”

What? Better at running back without Snell, PIttsburgh’s fourth-round draft pick who set career rushing and scoring records at UK the last three years. Better at tight end without Conrad, a free-agent signing of the New York Giants who never got enough passes thrown his way to please most UK fans.

Marrow is convinced Kentucky will be and wants to see everyone underestimating the Cats.

“I want them to keep disrespecting us because it drives us. We don’t look for them to motivate us but it just pisses me off when we get disrespected. It really does and we are going to show them again when the season starts,” Marrow said.


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  1. Better at both positions? Time will tell.

  2. Athlon Sports has UK finishing 6th in the East this year. Can Stoops & staff exceed expectations again this year? 104.5 (Nashville Sports) feels the Cats will finish 7th behind Vandy. If we are going to build this thing slow and steady we have to perform at a higher level than being a rank above or below Vandy. Can’t wait to get this season started…I miss coaching badly..LOL

  3. It is very possible for UK to be better at both positions this year; especially, if they open up the offense a little more. It is hard to be your best when everyone knows what you are going to do. If you are always a “threat” for other options, it opens up everything a little more.

  4. It is possible that both could be better this year because of strength of OL, good quality running backs and Gran remembering to put TE in game plan.

  5. Gran is the weakest link on this team, but Stoops is loyal to the end.

  6. I believe so.

  7. Last year teams were keying on our running game and tight end positions. this years team should be more well rounded and harder to key on any position. Our coaching staff needs to quit out thinking themselves and go with their strength! Instead of guessing that the other team knows that Snell is going to run with the ball, do not give it to someone else, let them stop Snell, if they can! We are good enough now to go with our strengths.

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