Fields making progress

"Spring practice is going real well. I am making progress and learning the plays. I have to start attacking the ball more and making more catches, though," he said.

He spent last year learning a new position and learning Kentucky's offense. Now redshirt freshman receiver E.J. Fields is trying to learn what it takes to make big plays.

"Spring practice is going real well. I am making progress and learning the plays. I have to start attacking the ball more and making more catches, though," he said. "I learned the offense last year, but I never got to run it with the first or second teams because I was on the scout team. It is kind of starting off new this spring, but I like what I am doing."

Fields was a quarterback at Frankfort (Ky.) High School where he could use his speed and versatility to make big plays. He also played in the defensive secondary, but receiver was a new position for him.

"After a year at receiver, it is kind of coming natural now. Every time they call a play, it kind of just registers with me real quick so I know what to do and how to check the coverage. It is a lot easier than it used to be," he said. Fields has taken some reps with the first team this spring and knows coach Rich Brooks is watching. He found that out the hard way when he failed to make a catch in the end zone in UK's first scrimmage.

"He is watching. He is expecting big things out of me this year and I expect big things. I was pretty disappointed in myself when I didn't make that play, too. I should not have led the DB come under it and knock it away," Fields said.

Still, he thinks he could work his way into the playing rotation this year.

"I just have to keep working. Right now I am not at the top. I am in the rotation, but not near the top. I have good receivers in front me. I just have to start making plays," he said. "My biggest obstacle right now is probably just being a big-play receiver. That outside receiver needs to stretch the field and make big plays. That is the biggest thing I have to work on. There will be third and longs where I have to come in and make the play, but I really believe I can do that."


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