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Can Keaton Upshaw carve out a role in Kentucky’s offense?

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It’s time for the athletic and talented tight end to get the ball.

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The Kentucky Wildcats have two big, talented tight ends in Justin Rigg and Keaton Upshaw. Both figured to be a large component of the Cats’ offense last season. But after the injuries to quarterbacks Terry Wilson and Sawyer Smith, the tight ends were mostly relegated to blocking duties.

Terry Wilson’s return should be good news for the tight ends and all of the wide receivers on the team.

Keaton Upshaw

Position: Tight end

Height: 6’7

Weight: 225

Class: Redshirt Sophomore

Hometown: Lima, Ohio

High School: Lima Senior

Recruiting Ranking: Three-star class of 2018 prospect and 34th ranked tight end in the class.

Upshaw has NFL size and athleticism for the new pro-style tight end. He could be a major weapon for the Wildcats this season if the tight end position is used correctly. Kentucky fans are familiar with the frustration at the way the position has been utilized in the past.

This frustration dates back to CJ Conrad and his time at Kentucky. Kentucky fans yearned for the talented tight end to be a major part of the offense but it never really came to fruition.

With Upshaw, UK has another uber talented tight end on the roster, along with Justin Rigg. Terry Wilson now has major weapons at the tight end position and should help him in the short passing game.

Upshaw saw time as a true freshman. His stats aren’t eye popping with seven receptions, one touchdown, and 78 total yards.

Obviously, the way that Mark Stoops and Eddie Gran had to shift the offense to accommodate Lynn Bowden is a good excuse as to why his numbers weren’t better. This season could, and should, be an emergence for Keaton Upshaw and the UK passing game.