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C.J. Conrad Named to John Mackey Award Preseason Watch List

C.J. Conrad (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky junior tight end C.J. Conrad has been named to the John Mackey Award Preseason Watch List for the third straight season, it was announced Tuesday.

Conrad, a native of LaGrange, Ohio, ranked fourth on the team in receiving in 2016 with 19 catches for 262 yards and four touchdowns. He had a career day vs. New Mexico State, catching five passes for a career-high 133 yards and three touchdowns in the 62-42 win. He became the first player since Dicky Lyons Jr., vs. Florida on Oct. 20, 2007 to have three receiving touchdowns in a game. He also was the first tight end with 100 receiving yards in a game since Jacob Tamme vs. Tennessee on Nov. 24, 2007. The 133 receiving yards are the third-most by a tight end in Kroger Field history.

C.J. Conrad Named John Mackey Tight End of the Week

C.J. Conrad (Vicky Graff Photo)

C.J. Conrad (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky sophomore tight end C.J. Conrad has been named the John Mackey Tight End of the Week after a career game last Saturday against New Mexico State, it was announced by the John Mackey Award Committee on Wednesday.

Conrad caught five passes for 133 yards and three touchdowns – all career highs – in Kentucky’s 62-42 win over NMSU. It was the first 100-yard game for Conrad, who earned third-team Freshman All-America honors last season. Back in July, Conrad was named to the 2016 John Mackey Award Preseason Watch List, which annually honors the most outstanding collegiate tight end.

Gran believes UK will be “OK” at tight end

By LARRY VAUGHT

Losing tight end Daryl Long just two days into preseason practice was an unexpected blow for Kentucky’s offense. However, offensive coordinator Eddie Gran made it clear Tuesday that he still liked what the Cats had at tight end.

“(Freshman) Justin Riggs is pushing Greg Hart and C.J. (Conrad) to get on the field. It’s awesome. When you do that, you’ve got a chance,” Gran said.

He says Rigg has more than just great size.

“Soft hands, listens, loves the game, will stick (his) face in there. All those things I love,” Gran said.

C.J. Conrad doesn’t mind complicated role

C.J. Conrad (Vicky Graff Photo)

C.J. Conrad (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Sophomore tight end C.J. Conrad knows that the more versatile his role becomes, the more complicated it also becomes.

“I am all over the place and used in a lot of different ways in this offense,” Conrad said. “We don’t have to sub out, which is nice. I just move myself around but that makes it take a little longer to learn. I have been in my playbook a lot.”

New offensive coordinator Eddie Gran often uses three tight ends together on the field. That led to a lot of spring practice reps that helped Conrad.

Conrad Named to John Mackey Award Preseason Watch List

C.J. Conrad (Vicky Graff Photo)

C.J. Conrad (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky sophomore tight end C.J. Conrad has been named one of 45 players to the 2016 John Mackey Award Preseason Watch List, which annually honors the most outstanding collegiate tight end,.

Conrad, who is one of five sophomores to make the preseason watch list, had a great first season for Kentucky, playing in all 12 games last fall with nine starts. The native of LaGrange, Ohio, led all Southeastern Conference tight ends with 15 catches for 149 yards and one touchdown. His best game came at Mississippi State when he caught six passes for 56 yards, while he had two games with three or more catches.

Mark Stoops on Horton, Westry, Bone, Conrad, Timmons

Blake Bone (Vick Graff Photo)

Blake Bone (Vick Graff Photo)

Here’s some more of what Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said after Saturday’s open practice.

On how much he likes the offense’s ability to run the ball: “You have to have that. You hear me talk about it and anybody – you watch enough football – you have to have some balance. I don’t care what the numbers say, but you have to have some physicality about you to get the tough yards and move it when you can and we’re seeing some of that.”