(picture courtesy of UK Athletics)
If you haven’t heard already, Dorian Baker came down with a servere injury and it doesn’t look good. It seems as if it’s going to be an injury that will take the senior out for the year. Baker has always had potential and people thought this would be the year he could finally break out. With this injury, Stoops said he now expects to play four freshman wide receivers this season. Now it’s time to raise the question, who’s going to step up?
After an impressive first half in the Southern Miss game last season, Ross fell off tremendously and rarely saw the field after that game. Hopes are back up for Ross after an impressive spring game and he’s had a great fall camp. I put Ross first on the list mainly because he has the same play style as Dorian. With a staggering height of 6’6, Ross should be a red zone threat and he’ll be able to go up and make a spectacular catch like Dorian Baker. It’ll be interesting to watch how much he improves and if he can step up in Dorian’s place.
Tavin’s story is almost exact to Kayuane Ross’. After an impressive game from him in the Southern Miss game, he also fell off and never really got back to how he played in that game. Richardson may have the best hands on the team as he showcased multiple times last year he can go up and make an impossible grab. When he gets on the field this season, it’ll be up to him to show everyone how great he can truly be. I was already expecting a big year for Tavin and this makes me believe that even more now.
Garrett “Juice” Johnson
This one may seem like a stretch but with Dorian out, Juice becomes the sole number one wide receiver and the leader of this group. Johnson has always been a top guy but he’s always had someone to help him lead out there with him. Guys like Javess Blue, Dorian Baker, Jeff Badet, etc. have always been able to help out Juice with the responsibility with leading the wide reciever corps and now it’s all on him to lead. Blake Bone should help out a little bit but Bone hasn’t played in game changing plays like Juice has. It shouldn’t be an issue for Juice to step up in being the number one reciever but it’s time to find out he’ll take the role of being the leader.
This is it for Blake Bone. If he doesn’t succeed this season then his dreams of playing in the NFL will most likely be up. I really want him to succeed and he now has a great chance to do so. Bone has a lot of potential and now it’s time for him to go to the next level. I really hope he does well this season!
Kentucky has a lot of guys who can step up but I believe these guys need to step up the most for our reciever group to succeed. Guys like Lynn Bowden, CJ Conrad, Josh Ali, and Isaiah Epps should take the load off for these guys which should result in a successful season for the wide reciever group. Stephen Johnson or whoever ends up playing impact in how they succeed of course. I hope for full and speedy recovery for Dorian! Get well soon!