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By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky offensive coordinator Neal Brown likes what UK’s new receivers — junior college transfer Javess Blue and freshmen Alex Montgomery, Jeff Badet and Ryan Timmons — have added to the team.
“ I’ve been really pleased with the freshmen. I always keep in the back of my mind they’re 17 and 18 years old. So I don’t want to make expectations more than what they should be for those guys,” Brown said. “But, in essence, Alex Montgomery has probably made as many plays as anybody we’ve had in camp. And Jeff Badet has really come along.
“And Javess Blue seems like he gets a little bit better, as far as knowing what to do, every single practice. So those guys have all came in and been a factor, and it’s making guys like Demarco (Robinson), and A. J. Legree and some of those guys — Daryl Collins (push harder). Ryan Timmons made a couple really nice plays today. So, I think they’re pushing them. Either they’re going to get better or those young guys will be the first ones that role out there versus Western.”
Head coach Mark Stoops admitted Montgomery had been one of the pleasant surprises in practice.
“Every day, he’s doing good things and he’s been very consistent. I like his strength. I like his work ethic. He’s making plays. So he’s been a very good player,” Stoops said. “He just shows up day after day.”
Brown said some tight ends have also caught his eye.
“Anthony Kendrick’s had a nice camp and that was good. I really didn’t know what to expect out of him. He’s got a lot of ability. He’s never played much football here. I had to go back to what, spring of 2012, to evaluate him when I first got here. But he’s had a really nice camp. He can do a lot of things. He’s versatile,” Brown said.
“(Steven) Borden is still learning. He’s kind of up and down. He’s got to be more consistent. And Jordan Aumiller has been really impressive so far.”
Brown still isn’t sure what kind of playmakers he has and won’t be until UK plays.
“We’ve got to have guys step up and be playmakers. And not just the skill guys. I think a lot of people talk about playmakers, you think about somebody making a catch or making a run. But it’s just as important for the offensive line or a fullback or a tight end at the point of attack to make a block, make a key play,” Brown said. “What I talk to them about are key plays, difference making plays and that’s what we’ve got to have people do.”