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By LARRY VAUGHT

This week I’ll share a series of questions that vaughtsviews.com readers had for offensive coordinator Neal Brown that he recently took time to answer.

Question: Is there a walk-on receiver you think could play a significant role next season?
Brown: “I think Austin Sheehan did a nice job and really had a good spring. He didn’t catch as many balls in the spring game as we would have liked him to have, but I thought he had a solid spring at the receiver position.”

Question: Have you decided exactly how you will use tight end Steven Borden, a junior college transfer who moved around a lot in spring practice?
Brown: “We are going to learn. I think you will see him be a lot better in the fall. He has unique skill set. He can play in the slot. He can play tight end. He can play fullback. I think we will try to use him in those different spots to give defensive coordinators a little bit of a hard time due to personnel.”

12 Responses to What walk-on receiver could help next season? How will Steven Borden be used?

  • Larry Pup says:

    Interesting.

  • Ira says:

    I hope Austin can step up this fall. We are so short of receivers we need another guy out there can give help to our 4 scholarship WR’s.

    Borden I think he is going to be all over the field. This guy you won’t be able to keep track of. Which will be alright with me, if we can’t keep up with him, hopefully the defense will lose track where he is and we here “Touchdown Kentucky”!

  • Ira says:

    I hope Austin can step up this fall. We are so short of receivers we need another guy out there can give help to our 4 scholarship WR’s.

    Borden I think he is going to be all over the field. This guy you won’t be able to keep track of. Which will be alright with me, if we can’t keep up with him, hopefully the defense will lose track where he is and we hear, “Touchdown Kentucky”

  • Love SEC F-Ball says:

    I too would like to see Austin step up. I think that Brown will find more receivers than we think a this point. We do need a couple of good recruiting years.

  • Andy says:

    I really hope our quarterback situation gets figured out soon so we can get the existing receivers on page with the QB.

  • Larry Pup says:

    We got some coming into the program this fall like Badet, and Timmons, etc.

  • Steve of the Ozzy Sheehan fan club says:

    Sheehan comes to UK with great credentials. UK former wide receiver coach, Tee Martin was very high on Sheehan before he left to coach at USC. Sheehan attended a Friday night lights camp held by UK before the beginning of his senior high school season and was offered that night by every university at the camp, except for UK who offered him a preferred walk on that night. Like Barker and many others, the rest of the previous coaching staff did not recruit Sheehan, who was an All State receiver and led the entire high school nation in average yard per catch (35 yards) his senior year. Sheehan’s high school team won four consecutive state championships during his tenure and he was the team’s most valuable offensive player his senior season. Sheehan comes to UK from great work ethic coaches, his wide receiver coach was Cris Collinsworth and head coach was the legendary Dale Mueller. Highlands High School is in the top five winningest high school programs in the nation.

    Little be known but to those who follow Highlands football, but Sheehan finished high in the 100 meter state track meet his junior year.

    Those who are members of the Ozzy Sheehan fan club have no doubt Austin will perform great this coming season.

  • Andy says:

    Austin def has potential. He was given a preferred walk on status by Ohio State. No reason why he cannot be an impact player and not earn a scholarship. Get him in the weight room and let him get some muscle and we could have another go to receiver right there.

  • Gene T. says:

    Just another example Joker had blinders on.

  • Ira says:

    GeneT,
    I am hopeful that this will be the last year Joker will bite us in the recruiting butt. I wondered about Austin as well. Came from a really good HS program, had decent offers, but a walkon from us. Thank God Joker is gone!

  • steve from Dayton -- UKFBFAN says:

    Joker is gone! Quit your bellyaching.

  • MikeF says:

    I really feel the “talent” will be there at the receiver postion with the 4 incoming freshmen…..lack of experience will be the issue. Don’t be suprised if Mr. Blue becomes the # 1 guy, he has experience along with talent, hopefully, we can keep these guys healthy this year! Sheehan will probably be on scholarship next year at this time!

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