TAYLOR: Ravi Moss back with Football Cats

"I just wanted to prove that I could do it (play football)," Moss said. "It's something I want to do and prove to myself that I can do it."

Moss back with Cats By Keith Taylor LEXINGTON --- Ravi Moss is back on the football field. This time he intends to stay with the team for the duration.

Moss, who just completed his senior season with the basketball team, worked out with the Wildcats as a wide receiver during the first week of spring drills before calling it quits. Moss rejoined the team this week and participated in a brief scrimmage at the end of Saturday's practice. Moss said following the practice session that it felt good to be back on the field.

"I just wanted to prove that I could do it (play football)," he said. "It's something I want to do and prove to myself that I can do it." Moss, who has one season of eligibility remaining, plans to indulge himself in nothing but football in the coming months and plans to hang out with Kentucky wide receiver Keenan Burton.

After informing Kentucky offensive coordinator Joker Phillips that he was leaving the team after his first stint during the opening week of spring drills, Moss kept in touch with Phillips through e-mail and text messaging.

"We stayed in contact (about every other day)," Phillips said. "He's a guy we feel like can help us."

Phillips said he still had a chance to get Moss back on the team despite his early departure from camp. Phillips said the day he announced his intentions to leave the team, he seemed intent on the football field and indicated that things were going just fine.

"It showed that he still had the itch (to play)," Phillips said.

Moss said he just needed time to catch his breath after the basketball season.

"I needed some time away (from basketball)," he said.

Phillips gave Moss a chance to catch a pass in the end zone at the end of the scrimmage, but the pass was picked off. Phillips said Moss will learn how to make fade catches in the end zone in the future.

"That will come with more repetitions," Phillips said. "We just wanted to throw it up and see how he would react and (he will learn to make those catches) through experience."

Kentucky coach Rich Brooks said Moss will provide some much-needed help at the wide receiver slot.

"I think he can help our football team," he said. Moss will wear jersey No. 21.

"It's the same number I wore in high school," he said.


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