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UK has a proven go-to receiver — assistant coach Lamar Thomas

Lamar Thomas. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

Lamar Thomas. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky needs a go-to receiver to help elevate the play of quarterback Drew Barker this season. Give him a Craig Yeast, Derek Abney, Randall Cobb, Jacob Tamme or Keenan Burton and see how good it could make him look.

Kentucky has a bevvy of receivers that Barker and coach Mark Stoops hope can be a go-to guy this season. Of course, UK does have a proven go-to receiver — receivers coach Lamar Thomas. The former University of Miami and NFL receiver joined the UK staff after the 2015 season.

“We have seen some of his highlights back in the day. He was really good for sure,” Barker said.

Back in the day good but not now good?

“I don’t know. I know he has had a few surgeries. He still looks good and still has the hands for sure. Every time we start off with wide receiver individual drills, he is always the first one. I throw it to him and he catches it. He is awesome,” Barker said.

That’s a good example Thomas sets for receivers because the last three years UK has had way too many dropped passed.

But Thomas has the resume not only to make receivers listen, but also Barker.

“He has eight years in the NFL, played in three national championships in college, played on maybe the best college football program of all-time with that dynasty at the (Miami) U., so anytime he says something it holds weight, especially to those receivers,” Barker said.

“They want to go where he has already been. Every time he talks, you want to pay attention and that definitely goes for me, too.”

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