VAUGHT:Receiver is Brooks' biggest 2008 worry

As much as he is going to miss quarterback Andre Woodson, replacing him is not Kentucky coach Rich Brooks' biggest concern about the 2008 offense the Wildcats will have.

"I would say my biggest concern is finding receivers who can stretch the field to replace Stevie Johnson and Keenan Burton, who have done that so well. I am confident between Curtis Pulley, Mike Hartline -- who will be the frontrunners to replace Andre -- and a couple of other guys will have a competition will be pretty good at quarterback," Brooks said.

"I understand we are losing one of the greatest quarterbacks ever to play at the University of Kentucky. That is a concern, and it concerns me as well. But I am confident we have competition at that position, and that the players we have are good enough to win in this league." Receiver? That's a bigger concern.

Dicky Lyons, who has had two straight years with over 50 catches, returns. After that, though, there are no returning stars.

Brooks is hoping freshman Kyrus Lanxter might turn into a big-play guy. "He has a chance to be that guy. He has looked more like that in the last month of practice," Brooks said. "He is starting to understand the game a little better, especially the speed of the game. He is a very athletic guy with good hands. We just have to see how it goes from here now. We need him to step up for next year for sure."

Kentucky will sign Frankfort's E.J. Fields in February and convert him from quarterback to receiver. The Cats are also still hoping to sign Lexington Henry Clay's Aaron Boyd, one of the nation's top high school seniors.

"It could be a high school guy that fills the void. It could be someone already on our roster just waiting for his chance. It could possibly be someone after a position change. We just have to figure out our best scenario as we go into spring practice and go from there. But that's going to be a big, big challenge facing us going into next year."

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