Tag: Lamar Thomas

Receivers contribute to running game with blocking

Garrett Johnson likes to catch passes, but he's also been blocking well. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Garrett Johnson likes to catch passes, but he’s also been blocking well. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

With Kentucky’s revamped running game, receivers have had to turn to blocking a lot more than catching passes — and none of them seem to mind.

I asked Mark Stoops Wednesday on the SEC Coaches Teleconference how he felt the receivers had been blocking. Obviously, it was a question he liked.

”I think something we talk about all the time is being selfless, and that’s not always the easiest trait to get accomplished within a football team because you have some very competitive guys and guys that want to make plays for their team,” Stoops said.

UK has a proven go-to receiver — assistant coach Lamar Thomas

Lamar Thomas. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

Lamar Thomas. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky needs a go-to receiver to help elevate the play of quarterback Drew Barker this season. Give him a Craig Yeast, Derek Abney, Randall Cobb, Jacob Tamme or Keenan Burton and see how good it could make him look.

Kentucky has a bevvy of receivers that Barker and coach Mark Stoops hope can be a go-to guy this season. Of course, UK does have a proven go-to receiver — receivers coach Lamar Thomas. The former University of Miami and NFL receiver joined the UK staff after the 2015 season.

Thank goodness, Lamar Thomas not closing Twitter account

Lamar Thomas (Vicky Graff Photo)

Lamar Thomas (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Most days Twitter is fun. But not today.

First came the announcement by Oscar Combs that he would not be part of the UK Radio Network pregame coverage during basketball and football any longer.

Then came this real shocker from Kentucky receivers coach Lamar Thomas on Twitter:

After much consideration I’ve decided to officially retire from Twitter before camp starts. Thank you.✌?”

NO. NO. NO.

Since Thomas came to UK from Louisville, he’s been a treat on Twitter. He has about 10,000 followers and his retirement tweet was the 1,483rd on his UK Twitter account.

Athletes, coaches, golfers all enjoy Swings For Soldiers Classic

Allison Tamme, left, checks on Swings for Soldiers Classic honorees Monday. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

Allison Tamme, left, checks on Swings for Soldiers Classic honorees Monday. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

LEXINGTON — I’ve only missed one of the seven Swings For Soldiers Classic events hosted by Allison and Jacob Tamme to raise money for Homes For Our Troops and it’s a terrific event that has raised over $500,000 to build specially adapted homes.

Monday’s event at the University Club outside Lexington was no different.

It starts with the Tammes greeting everyone as they pull into the entrance to the club and giving participants their special Swings for Soldiers Classic goody bag.

Eddie Gran: “You better not swag around me if you are not going to compete”

Eddie Gran once coached  new UK wide receiver coach Lamar Thomas in college. (Vicky Graff Photo)By LARRY VAUGHT

New Kentucky offensive coordinator Eddie Gran will be counting on new receivers coach Lamar Thomas to make sure players catch more balls and make a lot more big plays this season than they have the previous three years.

Gran and coach Mark Stoops convinced Thomas to leave Louisville to come to Kentucky. Gran has obviously been a popular addition with the players. Here’s what Gran recently had to say about Thomas.

Lamar Thomas likes Cats that “want to do right”

Lamar Thomas. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

Lamar Thomas. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Lamar Thomas had spent time at Western Kentucky and Louisville trying to beat Kentucky. Now he’s part of the UK coaching staff that will try to end a losing skid against the Cardinals in November.

So how has his perception of UK football changed in recent months?

“What coach (Mark) Stoops is doing is developing a culture. Guys are starting to step up and be leaders. In my room, those guys are starting to take it to heart,” Thomas said. “They want to be outstanding people. They want to do right.

Thomas believes unique Blake Bone “really wants to be good”

Blake Bone, left, would like to celebrate a lot more next season. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Blake Bone, left, would like to celebrate a lot more next season. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

I still remember the first time I met receiver Blake Bone. I was on my way to Columbia, S.C., for the Kentucky-South Carolina basketball game two years ago and decided to stop by his school to see the recent Kentucky signee.

Bone was personable and engaging. I watched a highlight film with his coach and it was impressive. With his size and UK’s need for receiving help, I was sure he would blossom into a big-play guy on a consistent basis.

Top Ohio receiver commits to Kentucky

By LARRY VAUGHT

Not only has new receivers coach Lamar Thomas made an impact on Kentucky’s returning players, but he might be having an impact with future players.

Highly-regarded Ohio receiver JaVonte Richardson verbally committed to UK Sunday after visiting Kentucky over the weekend. Recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow, an Ohio native, was again the lead recruiter with Richardson.

While Ohio State and Michigan had shown interest but not yet offered Richardson, the 6-4 receiver did have offers from Michigan, Syracuse, Illinois, Purdue and Bowling Green. Miami (FL) and Florida have also shown interest in him.