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Mark Stoops on WR play in practice: “we haven’t seen around here in a while”

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Well this is encouraging.

NCAA Football: Kentucky at Missouri Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

There was no denying that play at the wide receiver position was nowhere near what the Kentucky Wildcats were looking for last year.

Mark Stoops never denied it, and he even made a change at offensive coordinator in part of the lack of a passing game.

With Liam Coen now running the offense and UK desperately looking to fix their passing game heading into 2021, the Wildcats receivers room has had some major turnover in the last few months.

The team added Frankfort native and former Nebraska star Wan’Dale Robinson and Michigan State transfer Tre’Von Morgan, while four-star high school recruit Chauncey Magwood enrolled early to join the Cats for spring practice.

Meanwhile, Akeem Hayes, Bryce Oliver and Allen Dailey Jr. also entered the transfer portal, leaving Kentucky with 2020 leading receiver Josh Ali, DeMarcus Harris, Isaiah Epps, Mike Drennen and Clevan Thomas as the only receivers to catch passes last season returning for 2021.

Thus more so than almost any position group, it is crucial for UK’s receivers to have a big spring and per Stoops, they’ve done just that.

“We just got off the practice field here this morning and I can’t wait to get back out there Saturday because things are really going in the right direction. I know we got the ball down the field today better than we have in years,” Stoops said while appearing on Kentucky Sports Radio Thursday.

Now that’s encouraging especially coming two days after Coen said star running back Chris Rodriguez must touch the ball 25 per game, whether it be on the ground or in the pass-catch game.