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Kentucky Football: Who is the Wildcats’ most important offensive player?

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Who will be the leader of this year’s offensive attack?

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2016 was the year of unexpected heroes for Kentucky’s offense.

Between Stephen Johnson becoming the starting quarterback, to true freshman Benny Snell running for over 1,000 yards, there were certainly some pleasant surprises on the offensive end of the ball.

So it gives us a few more candidates to consider for Kentucky’s most important offensive player. There’s Snell, who was arguably Kentucky’s MVP last year, running for 1,091 yards on 186 attempts and 13 touchdowns as a true freshman.

There’s also Stephen Johnson, the expected starting quarterback (although that’s not official yet) who managed the Kentucky run game well enough to earn them a bowl spot before exploding for over 400 total yards and 3 touchdowns against rival Louisville. Now he’s the commander of what is likely to be one of the most run-heavy offenses in the nation.

Or will the most important player be senior wide receiver Dorian Baker? Baker had an underwhelming 2016, failing to ever record more than 50 receiving yards. But a huge touchdown reception in the upset win over Louisville assured that fans remembered he was one of the more vital receivers on the team. He’ll be the veteran leader of this year’s receiving core, so hopefully he’ll have a statline that backs up that leadership.

And of course we can’t forget C.J. Conrad, a bit of a revelation last year for Kentucky. The tight end caught 5 touchdown passes last season, making up a portion of his 34 receptions, which totaled 411 yards. When Johnson does pass the ball this year, the 6’5”, 245-lb tight end will be one reliable target.

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Who is the most important player for UK’s offense?

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    Benny Snell
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    Stephen Johnson
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    Dorian Baker
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