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Derek Abney likes the speed and “little wiggle” he sees in Ryan Timmons


For Kentucky football fans who might be in NBA draft overload after watching Julius Randle and James  Young go in the first 17 picks Thursday night, here’s a little football tidbit.

I asked former UK All-American receiver Derek Abney if there wasone player last season that just really caught his eye.?

“(Receiver) Ryan Timmons. He is just amazing,” said Abney during his time at the C.H.A.M.P. “Sometimes I want to tell him to get down (when he’s about to get hit). I have been through that a little bit, but he makes the defense look like they are a younger age group and he’ll only be a sophomore.

“I was very impressed with Timmons. He has speed and he can juke, too. He is not just a straight speed guy. He has a little wiggle. That is special. I think he is going to do well. He has to stay healthy. He is a little smaller guy like me, but he has got the speed and a little juke to him to be fine.”

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  1. Larry Pup

    I too look for Ryan Timmons to have a great year. He is a great athlete.

  2. King Ghidora

    Speed without moves won’t get you very far in football. Lots of defenders have speed too. But you have the advantage of knowing what you’re going to do and they can’t keep up with someone who knows how to use that. If you just try to get by them with speed every time they will have that figured out in about 3 plays. If you can read what the defense is doing to try to stop you then you can really burn them up. You use their own tactics against them. For example if they are playing off of you a lot trying to stop you from going deep you run short patterns until they start trying to come at you hard from their deep positions. Then you blow by them with a double move and they are left looking for their protective gear out on the field somewhere. :)

  3. TrueBlueJohn

    If anyone knows anything about speed and wiggle, it would be Derek. I had seats one game in the corner of the end zone, Derek took the kick-off, made one cut, found a lane, and it was see ya later, and the fun part was that he came straight at me. Timmons looks like he has that same ability.

  4. Ira


    I think UK will have a few players that are going to surprise teams. It won’t be a team no more of COBB. UK will have multiple go to guys and when you have that hard to stop an offense that can hit you from multiple directions. Love what we are building here!

    1. Larry Pup

      Ira….. I agree with players like Jo Jo, and Stanley Williams, Alex Montgomery, Javes Blue,, Michael Horton, I think Josh Clemons will be a real threat this year too. There are so many I could name. I think the biggest question mark right now is, can the OLine move people out of the way on running plays, and block for the QB. The next question is, who will be calling signals for the Wildcats? If these coaches pick the right leader UK will win some football games. There is more speed and more muscle than they have had in sometime. There is still a long way to go to be an SEC contender.

  5. Ira


    I think the offense gets some help this year from some FR(RS) OG’s by the names of Cole Mosier 6’6 341′ Ramsey Meyers 6’4 305, and Kyle Meadows 6’5 293. Not sure how accurate the weights are because of the S&C program, but these are the guys that have been bragged on last year by OC Brown and were mentioned some during spring.

    Last year think we had good tackle play but our guards needed a lot of help. Also don’t think people realize our starting center had an infection last year causing him to lose a lot of weight right b4 the season started last yr. He’s got his wright back, built his strength back up. Think we will have a better OL this year. How much, not sure, but it will be better.

    But you have to love our backfield this season. The rotation this yr will wear people out. Give us a QB that can make the throws that can move the chains the steady eddy throws, we will spread the defense out. Much like Clemson does, and then hit the deep ball for a TD, or rip a big one from a RB. I can’t wait for this season to start!

    1. Larry Pup

      Ira the young linemen you mentioned are UK’s future. I think they will see playing time this year. I’m with you, it’s time to talk football. I’m very excited for the season to start. Brown has got to get this offense cranked up. He has a lot of weapons now, with maybe a weakness at the TE spot, we shall see. The right QB is crucial. I sure hope they pick the right young man to lead this team, and not necessarily the most popular one.

  6. Ira


    you are right about QB, the one thing that concerns me and I’m probably looking to much into it, but I keep going back to it is this; Towles had to in the off season had to work with 2-3 QB coaches to get to the throwing level of a RS Freshman Phillips and Barker straight out of HS. and Towles is a JR now.

    With all the extra coaching he couldn’t wrap up the starting position during spring. I hear everyone all excited by how well Towles did during the spring game, but for me he did not out perform Phillips and that is worrisome. I almost would rather see Phillips named the starter right now. Like everyone I just know how important it is for us to have a quick start and it starts at QB

    1. Larry Pup

      Ira I agree. It will be a tough decision come fall camp. I just hope the coaches make the right decision no matter who it is. I like Phillips a lot, I’ll be honest. We must now wait for the call. I sure hope they don’t drag this out, Make a decision and go with it. I just have a hunch Towles may be the choice, he’s running out of time. If he is the best, he should start, but only if he wins it on the practice field.

    2. RJ

      You’re spot on Ira.. I like Towles because he is a KY kid but he has been at KY nearly four years now and he’s not head and shoulders above guys with no playing experience and certainly no fancy coaching. I too find that worrisome. Back in the day, I was known a gamble a bit on strategy. I think I would roll the dice on Philips. On the other hand, that’s why they pay the coaches the big bucks and us nothing! :)

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