Kentucky wide receiver Ryan Timmons could be in store for a breakout senior season.
Timmons caught only 12 passes during his junior season, but he has caught the eye of coach Mark Stoops during spring practice.
“He really showed up and had a really good scrimmage,” Stoops said of Timmons, according to The Courier-Journal’s Jon Hale. “He’s been very good this spring. Somebody asked me a week or two ago who’s been the most pleasant surprise, and I’d say he’s definitely one of them.”
The Wildcats will have to find a replacement behind center as well. Last year’s starter, Patrick Towles, left the program last November. Redshirt freshman Drew Barker appears to be the favorite to earn the starting job, and Stoops seemed pleased by his performance during the scrimmage.
“I thought he was good,” Stoops said per Hale. “It was good today because he had some adversity early on, I thought. The defense had some stops and were really playing pretty good and he settled in and got more opportunities and then we ended up starting to move it a little bit.”
The other major storyline from Saturday was the special teams competition, something Stoops raved about after practice.
“I love it because it just brings accountability, more accountability to them, and that’s what we talk about all the time,” Stoops said, according to Hale. “You either win or lose, and we’re tired of being close. We want to win and we want to find those plays, those yards, those inches, whatever it is.”
- Stoops said four-star freshman linebacker Kash Daniel is improving, but has a long way to go, according to Hale.
- Stoops also was impressed with junior defensive tackle Regie Meant and complimented him for his leadership transformation, per Hale.