By LARRY VAUGHT
I still remember the first time I met receiver Blake Bone. I was on my way to Columbia, S.C., for the Kentucky-South Carolina basketball game two years ago and decided to stop by his school to see the recent Kentucky signee.
Bone was personable and engaging. I watched a highlight film with his coach and it was impressive. With his size and UK’s need for receiving help, I was sure he would blossom into a big-play guy on a consistent basis.
It hasn’t happened his first two years, but new receivers coach Lamar Thomas is hoping to change that next season.
Question: What lies ahead for junior Blake Bone, who has a bit of an unusual personality?
Thomas: “Blake Bone is an interesting fellow. I think he has bought in. He understands that I am going to be on him. I feel like he is one of those guys who has a lot of talent. You just have to continuously tap into it and you have to continuously have your thumb print on this neck. I love the kid. He tries hard. He wants to be great. He is one of those guys you have to baby a little bit, but he is a good kid. I am glad we have him.”
Question: Do you like a guy with a unique personality like that?
Thomas: “Any group you have that type of guy. All the groups I have coached, you have that one guy. You just deal with it. They are unique. Nothing wrong with being unique. In our world today, you have unique people. I applaud it but at the same time I like to think he really wants to be good. He has set the bar high for himself and every day is pushing to be better.”