By LARRY VAUGHT
Losing tight end Daryl Long just two days into preseason practice was an unexpected blow for Kentucky’s offense. However, offensive coordinator Eddie Gran made it clear Tuesday that he still liked what the Cats had at tight end.
“(Freshman) Justin Riggs is pushing Greg Hart and C.J. (Conrad) to get on the field. It’s awesome. When you do that, you’ve got a chance,” Gran said.
He says Rigg has more than just great size.
“Soft hands, listens, loves the game, will stick (his) face in there. All those things I love,” Gran said.
Conrad played a significant role as a true freshman while Hart had to sit out after transferring from Nebraska.
“Greg can run. He can run pretty well. He’s really good in and out of his breaks. They (him and C.J. Conrad) bring two guys that are athletic, that like each other and I think they push each other. I think that’s what makes them have fun every day and compete,” Gran said.
So Long will not be missed?
“Can’t have enough tight ends. That’s the one of the toughest athletes to recruit, the tight end: big, tall guy that can have athleticism and run and do things in space,” Gran said. “But yeah, we’ll be OK. We’ve got some fullback-type guys, bodies, that can do the same thing. So that works out.”