If Kentucky fans didn’t know Garrett Johnson before this season, they certainly do now.
He had six receptions for 119 yards, an average of 15.8 yards per catch, in the Wildcats’ victory over Missouri on Saturday, and is the Wildcats’ leading receiver with 253 yards and a touchdown this season.
“I’ve been very pleased with Garrett. We’ve talked about him often, you’ve heard me talk about him,” coach Mark Stoops told reporters this week. “He’s made some tough catches. He’s stood out to us for some time and you’d like to see him continue to grow and continue to make those catches when the team needs it. Making tough, competitive catches and tough, competitive plays. He’s doing a good job. ”
Johnson’s emergence comes after a season in which three other Kentucky receivers finished ahead of him in yardage. That group included junior Ryan Timmons, who was Kentucky’s leading receiver in 2014.
Garrett and Dorian Baker lead the Wildcats with 16 catches each this season.
Timmons hasn’t been a huge factor in the offense, ranking as the team’s sixth leading receiver with just 62 yards.
So with Timmons struggling, the Wildcats needed someone else to step forward.
It looks like they found their man in Johnson, a 5-foot-11, 182-pound sophomore.
Kentucky faces Eastern Kentucky on Saturday, a perfect opportunity to get Timmons on track and keep Johnson going.
IF Timmons can return to form, the Wildcats will have a legitimate tandem at receiver.
Stoops says Garrett Johnson becoming player that can "change the numbers on the scoreboard" Also said Badet is playing well
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