Gran: “Time to go” for veteran receivers or they will get passed by new players

Blake Bone, left, would like to celebrate a lot more next season. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky offensive coordinator Eddie Gran spent a lot of time Tuesday talking about Kentucky’s receivers.

Gran wants the receivers to focus on details and work on fundamentals.

“Competing every single rep. Going up making a tough catch. There’s going to be competing going on. There’s going to be contested balls. We have to make sure we do that. Just some more discipline and details,” Gran said.

He has liked what he’s seen from freshman Clevan Thomas, a mid-year enrollee.

“I’ll tell you what he does, he battles. He’s understanding it. He reminds me a little bit of Benny (Snell)  in terms of his mentality and how he’s going about it as a freshman. Now, lot of time left and all that, but I sure do like where he’s at,” Gran said.

Thomas said he’s been playing both slot receiver positions and that suits both him and Gran.

“He’s actually learning both, which is pretty good for a true freshman. He’s getting in there and mixing it up. I do like his toughness. He’s got a mental toughness about him,” Gran said.

Senior Blake Bone has caught Gran’s eye, too. The coach says he has to be more consistent and not  just make a key play occassionally.

“It is being the guy that you can count on. So, that’s what we’ve talked about. He’s really working. He’s trying, he really is. He’s trying hard and hopefully we’ll see it when we get to some scrimmages here this spring,” Gran said.

“We have some guys that are going to be able to compete and make some plays. Cause that’s what he’s gonna have to do to get on the field.”

It’s the same with Jabari Greenwood.

“They’re identical. I mean, those guys gotta make plays. We’ve got guys, like I said a couple weeks ago, we lost some guys. Those guys gotta come in and it’s their turn,” Gran said.

“There’s no – it’s done now. They’re in their second year or whatever it might be. It’s time to go, or they’re gonna get passed up, because we got more guys coming in.”

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