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Barker believes tight ends will be productive part of UK offense

Drew Barker (Vicky Graff Photo)

Drew Barker (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

During a recent conversation with Drew Barker,  I asked him if he remembered Jacob Tamme. He laughed and told me he certainly did.

That’s when I asked the UK sophomore quarterback if he thought this might be the year the tight end actually becomes part of the UK offense again — and he quickly said sophomore C.J. Conrad should make that happen.

“I think he will have a great year. He’s a huge target and has got bigger, stronger and faster,” Barker said. “I think he can be great.

“We also have some depth behind him and we have not had that since I have been here. I am really looking forward to throwing to him and all the tight ends. I think he is set up for a big year.”

Let’s hope so because that would finally make an opposing defense respect UK’s passing game in the middle of the field and make outside receivers possibly face more man-to-man coverage.

“You get more one on one matchups outside or even with the slot receivers. Just to have someone that they have to worry about in the middle of the field is huge for the offense even in the run game,” Barker said.

“You always have to respect a guy like C.J. and he can also block and be huge in the run game, too.”

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