What We Learned From UK Football Media Day
Benny Snell is not camera shy. The bruising back is coming off a stellar freshman year and he’s ready to lower his shoulder into 2017. Offensive Coordinator Eddie Gran said he was going to make sure Benny’s reps were limited this spring, but it’s going to be tough to harness the energy this young sophomore is ready to unleash.
Stephen Johnson is the QB for the season, as long as he protects the ball. Coach Stoops made it clear that every position on the team would have to be earned week to week, and Eddie Gran specified that Johnson’s butter fingers in 2016 better have improvement, or he will be watching from the sideline. Stephen spoke to media about the upcoming season and says he expects great things because he’s a lot stronger this year. He’s a great guy and the coaches love him, BBN should unite to support him and root for him to keep the job all season. Remember, he’s the one who beat Louisville and will hopefully do it again this year.
Austin MacGinnis is a growing legend. The Senior kicker has strung together a very nice career and is currently the second leading scorer in UK history. He’s just 48 points away from taking the spot as the number one scorer. His two game winners versus Mississippi State (51 yards) and Louisville (47 yards) were monumental moments for the program and he seems to be ready for the spotlight again this year. It’s no secret that UK has had a major issue finding a consistent punter who can help in the field position battles, but they are very pleased to have a clutch kicker like MacGinnis who doesn’t clam up when the game is on the line.
Dorian Baker MUST show up big this season. There is no doubt that Baker has all the talent he needs to be a playmaker. His teammates jokingly called him “Dorian Baker the Touchdown Maker” throughout the day today, but UK needs him to catch everything thrown his direction this season. Benny Snell is looking to have a huge year but will likely face defenses with stacked up boxes preventing a lot of running yards. The way around that has to be for the receivers to all step up big and Baker’s senior year is the perfect time to show NFL scouts what he’s made of. UK will also be needing to see Stephen Johnson throw better check-down passes to the running backs and CJ Conrad, but that’s a story for another day. This group of Cats carried themselves like winners today, and I still expect them to bring in nine regular season wins in 2017.