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Kentucky Wildcats Football: Michael Smith is new receivers coach, per report

The Cats have found a replacement for Lamar Thomas

The Kentucky Wildcats have found their next wide receivers coach.

According to FootballScoop, UK will hire former Arkansas Razorbacks receivers coach Michael Smith. Jon Hale is also reporting this news.

Here is excerpt of the FootballScoop report:

Former Arkansas wide receivers coach Michael Smith will join the staff as wide receivers coach, sources tell FootballScoop. Smith was hired to coach the wide receivers for the Razorbacks in 2013.

Smith was a record-setting receiver during his collegiate career with the Kansas State Wildcats. After his playing days were over, he quickly rose up the coaching ranks before becoming running backs coach of Kansas State in 1997.

From there, Thomas would have stints coaching running backs and wide receivers at Kansas State, Rice, Arizona and Arkansas most recently. With the Razorbacks, Smith earned the reputation as one of the Hogs’ best recruiters after he joined head coach Bret Bielema on his first staff at Arkansas in 2013.

According to 247, Smith is responsible for the commitments of four-star receiver Brandon Martin, four-star defensive tackle Briston Guidry and four-star athlete Jojo Robinson.

Smith will replace Lamar Thomas, who was let go this offseason after a mixed bag of results during his two-year stint in Lexington. A big reason for Thomas being let go was he wasn’t bringing a lot to the table in recruiting, so you can bet that’s something Smith will bring an added boost in.

Michael Smith Coaching Career

  • 2013-2017 Arkansas - Wide Receivers
  • 2009-12 Kansas State - Wide Receivers
  • 2008 Arizona - Inside Wide Receivers
  • 2007 Arizona - Running Backs
  • 2006 Rice - Running Backs
  • 1997-2005 Kansas State Running Backs
  • 1995-96 Kansas State - Graduate Assistant
  • 1993 Kansas State - Student Assistant