VAUGHT:Fields trying to hone receiving skills

Frankfort's E.J. Fields has paid attention to what the Kentucky football coaching staff has told him. "They said we (incoming freshmen) need to get ready. I was talking to Aaron (Boyd) and Winston (Guy) and they are hitting the weight room just like I am. We are still working hard so we can help the team out early," Fields said.

"I feel great about my decision to be at UK. I know I did the right thing signing with Kentucky."

The UK staff is counting on Fields to make the transition from high school quarterback to receiver. He knows the injury to senior DeMoreo Ford in spring practice makes it even more imperative that incoming freshmen receivers like him and Boyd are ready to play when preseason practice starts.

"Some young guys are going to have to step in pretty quick. We have to accept that and be ready," Fields said.

He does have one problem, though. He's been slowed by a pulled hamstring for the second straight spring. He pulled the same hamstring in a track meet about four weeks ago just like he did during the 2007 track season. That's why he's slowly working himself back into shape and not always running the 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes like he hopes to at next month's Class A state track meet in Louisville.

However, Fields says the hamstring won't dictate that he redshirt his first year at UK.

"I just have to take care of it. I have been working on that," Fields said. "I am sure they have extremely good trainers to take care of that problem for me at UK. Redshirting will depend on how quick I can learn the offense."

The Kentucky coaches told him to catch plenty of balls this summer, lift weights, try to gain weight but not so much as to impact his speed, and stay busy.

"They told me to work and not sit around and not do anything," Fields said. "Running track is really good for my speed. Since we are lifting at the same time, it is only going to help that much more."

He has a former Frankfort quarterback throwing balls to him.

"There is a big difference between high school and college because the quarterbacks throw extremely hard. You have to have your hands ready," Fields said. "I can't wait to get there and catch the ball. I know they throw harder than me, but I can adjust to it."

Fields will report for summer school June 17.

"That way I will be there for workouts with the team and can take about three classes over the summer to get used to the academic work before the semester starts," Fields said. "It will be good for me."

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