That was, oddly enough, until the run-oriented offense of Ron Hudson arrived.
Blessed with the eye for talent that his predecessors were lacking, Joker Phillips has not only brought in more competition at the position, but also improved the players he currently has. And although very early, might have finally made the strides into making Kentucky the wide receiver factory that so many imagined, 6 years ago.
"That position is probably the most competitive on our football team," UK coach Rich Brooks said. "And that's without bringing in the freshmen who will be here in the fall, and then it becomes even that more competitive with guys like Dicky Lyons and Lonnell Dewalt coming in."
Upon your first look into the wide receiving core, you can't help but be amazed at the ability of Scott Mitchell, UK's junior college commitment. At 6-3 Mitchell is the tallest of the speed receivers on UK's team. He has that burner speed to go along with an excellent frame that helps him when coming across the middle. Mitchell's presence has not only improved the depth at the receiver position, but has definitely helped the Kentucky secondary prepare for SEC type wide receivers that they will see on Saturdays.
At 6-5 it's even harder to miss Boyle County alum Jacob Tamme. Whether he is diving to make a catch or knocking an opposing defensive back to the ground, Tamme is going to make a play that grabs the attention of the practice field. The redshirt freshman is your prototypical possession receiver; not particularly fast, but an extremely smart player that will go up and get the football. Outside of his speed, he has no weakness as a receiver and will be a nice addition to the group next season.