Practice #1 in Review: Receivers & Tight Ends

No position was more on stage, Wednesday, than Joker Phillips' wide receiving corps.

And no player was more watched than junior college newcomer Scott Mitchell.

He did not disappoint.

Mitchell's physical stature was almost as impressive as his play on the field, as he dazzled the crowd with his breath-taking skills.

He showed why he should become a successful wide receiver in the SEC, excelling at every angle needed. He runs good routes, gives himself great seperation, and has the hands to make up for bad throws by the quarterback.

But it is his speed and size that is perhaps the most attractive attribute UK fans.

Mitchell outran each of UK's best defensive backs, using his superb technique at the line to get seperation from the start. The only man to defeat Mitchell, one-on-one, Wednesday was senior Mike Williams, who had to catch up to Mitchell and got the benefit of an under-thrown ball by Shane Boyd.

If Mitchell can keep up his excellent start, a starting nod in the fall is not out of the question.

Tamme, Burton shine Keenan Burton continued to show why he is Kentucky's finest wide reciever, showing all his tools from his great feet to his outstanding speed. The sky continues to be the limit for this sophomore from Louisville.

John Logan looked a lot stronger and has not lost a step on his fourty time. Logan continues to be hampered by the "drops" at times, but that could have been said for all the wide recievers. Regardless, Logan looks to be in the mix till the end when it comes to competing for the second starting position next to Burton.

Jacob Tamme continued his reputation as a possessive receiver who catches everything. Tamme looked to have added some weight to his frame and what he loses with speed, Tamme gains with his size and excellent hands. He should make for an excellent choice for third and long opportunities.

At the Tight End position, Jeremiah Drobney displayed the results of his fantastic off-season, outplaying everyone with his blocking techniques and showing his added quickness. Forgotten in the hoopla surrounding the additions at Tight End the past two seasons has been the play of Drobney, who has not folded under the pressure of competition.

Jamir Davis, the new junior college addition, showed excellent hands and speed for his size. He and Coach Ortmayer worked very hard on his blocking schemes to improve and towards the end of practice, showed tremendous improvement in the one-on-one drills.

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