By LARRY VAUGHT
Question: What does he like about running back Stanley ”Boom” Williams and receiver Blake Bone?
Offensive coordinator Neal Brown: “Boom? He is a guy that’s really a perfect fit for our offense. He’s big enough to pick up the blitz. He can run inside and outside. We can use him inside the slot some as well. He’s really, really fast, OK? He has the ability to make people miss in space. He’s really a great get by coach (Bradley Dale) Peveto, to go into Atlanta and a kid who was committed to Georgia for a long time and bring him up. Great family, going to make a big contribution.
“Blake Bone? That was our No. 1 goal in the receiver corps this year. We had to get size and I think if you look at our roster right now of guys that played last year, really we didn’t have anybody over that 6-foot, 6-foot-1 range and everybody can run in this league, but you’ve got to have length. Because regardless of how fast you are, length wins and we felt like we added two guys with great lengths. Coach (Tommy) Mainord went and got one of the top kids out of South Carolina, which is a great testament to him, and he’s a guy who needs to put on some weight, get stronger, but I thought he had two really good all-star showings in the Shrine Bowl and Offensive/Defensive Bowl against some really great opponents. Feel good about him coming in and being able to help us right away.”
Question: Was he surprised UK had a top 25 recruiting class this quickly?
Brown: “I think that’s something that’s been asked a few times in different ways and I’m not overly surprised and this being why. The location we have is really centrally located. You can get to a lot of places within a six-hour radius and I think coach Stoops, he himself is a tremendous recruiter, and he hired a bunch of guys that can really relate to the young guys, the kids we’re recruiting. Has some really good connections and can evaluate and then you add onto that the schematic success that D.J. (Eliot) and Mark had at Florida State and that we’ve been able to have at Texas Tech and Troy and those type of places and then on top of that, all of the things that are going on on campus. We talked about the dorms, you know, our guys are going to be living in brand-new dorms when they get here. That’s a little thing that people think of, but that’s big. Then you have the stadium renovation and the new practice facility.”
Question: What are his thoughts on receiver Dorian Baker?
Brown: “He came to camp here and he was (pause) physically, he looks the part. He’s 6-3, he’s going to be 215-220 pounds when he gets here and basically for this offense, what we’re looking for, is some guys who are really fast who can really beat you over the top. Guys like Jeff Badet. We want some guys who are really solid that are strong, that can kind of do everything, guys like Javess Blue, Thaddeus Snodgrass, once he matures is going to be one of those types of guys.
“And then you want little guys who can make you miss, not real little, but Ryan Timmons type of kids that maybe can play a little running back. And then you want big, physical guys, guys like Alex Montgomery and guys like Dorian Baker that you can play inside or play on the outside and they’re physically imposing. They’re bigger than their nickels or their corners and Dorian’s going to be one of those guys. He’s a guy that I’m really excited about. I think he’s raw right now, but when he really gets honed in on that position and is training year-round to be a great receiver, I think he’s going to have a tremendous career here.”