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C.J. Conrad, Eddie Gran recap productive training camp for UK Football

With downhill back Benny Snell stronger than ever, look to see C.J. Conrad and other UK TEs become more involved in the passing game.

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Big Blue Nation breathed a sigh of relief when C.J. Conrad announced he’d return to the Kentucky football team for his senior year.

After suffering a nagging injury last season that sidelined him at the end of the year and handed him surgery this past spring, Conrad said he’s coming off his best camp yet.

The senior also voiced that he’s enjoyed leading the younger tight ends. This comes as promising noise to Kentucky fans’ ears as Conrad will leave major shoes to fill after his final season with the team.

Conrad went on to say that he’s excited for the new twists and turns of offensive coordinator Eddie Gran’s offense, hinting that he’ll see the ball come his way quite more often.

Speaking of Gran, he highly echoed Conrad’s enthusiasm when discussing his offense. Gran said after Tuesday’s practice that the offense showed improvements from the first scrimmage two weeks ago to the second scrimmage this past Saturday.

Gran also stressed the significance on getting at least four yards on first down.

“First down efficient is what really makes an offense click,” said Gran.

The new elements to Gran’s offense will be interesting as they unfold this fall.

Other camp notes came from the defensive side of the ball, as Jordan Jones was back on the field and lighting up gaps in the offensive line.

It was also promising to see cornerbacks Derrick Baity and Lonnie Johnson be impressive in coverage, swatting multiple balls away with Johnson forcing an interception.

Kentucky’s quarterback situation looks to be coming down to the wire, as both Gran and head coach Mark Stoops said they’d take the decision into next week.

That comes as no surprise though, as Stoops said after Saturday’s scrimmage that the decision would likely come by Monday of next week.

Whatever the decision may be, both Gunnar Hoak and Terry Wilson certainly looked good in Tuesday afternoon’s practice.