Finishing Up: Spring Practice (Offense)

Kentucky finished up spring practice last weekend with their annual Blue-White game. During that game, Joker Phillips had another opportunity to evaluate his team in a scrimmage setting.

Kentucky finished up spring practice last weekend with their annual Blue-White game. During that game, Joker Phillips had another opportunity to evaluate his team in a scrimmage setting.

What may have stood out the most was the improvement of the passing game. It was plain to see that when Max Smith was on the field last season that Kentucky's passing game opened up. It comes as no surprise that with the work he put in with his teammates during the spring practice sessions, Smith had developed good chemistry with his returning receivers.

Freshman Demarco Robinson and sophomore Tyler Robinson may have been the biggest standouts in the passing game. Robinson found ways to get open and showed the ability to possess the ball. Tyler Robinson always had good hands, but he was able to get open and make plays for his team as well. That's something that Joker Phillips hopes carries forward to next season.

The team also played the spring game without leading returning receiver LaRod King. The 6-foot-4, junior will give the Wildcats another downfield threat and an experienced body on the field.

It's hard to evaluate the offensive line because they faced the second team defensive line. But the young men are a talented bunch, led by junior Larry Warford and sophomore Matt Smith. Still, Mike Summers would like to see his group develop chemistry and the young players like Darrian Miller, Zach West and Kevin Mitchell need as many reps as possible to mesh with the older guys.

Kentucky has quite a few players at running back who can contribute, but it's still unknown who will turn out to be the best option. Raymond Sanders was steady and Coshik Williams continued to play well. But without Josh Clemons participating this spring, it's hard to say who'll shake loose as the starter.

The skill players are there for Kentucky's offense to once again open up and score in the upper half of the SEC. But the question is how much time can Maxwell Smith get and can the front line open holes for the running backs. If Mike Summers can get his group to execute, Kentucky's offense will keep them in most games.


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