Monday, April 23, 2012
Recapping Kentucky's spring game
By Chris Low
It was obvious a year ago that Kentucky was lacking in the playmaker department on offense. That happens when you lose the likes of Randall Cobb and Derrick Locke the year before.
But judging from the Wildcats' Blue-White spring game Saturday, they've found some help on offense when it comes to generating game-changing plays.
Sophomore receiver Demarco Robinson hauled in touchdown catches of 69 and 21 yards in leading Kentucky's first-teamers to a come-from-behind 35-28 victory over the reserves before an announced crowd of 4,500 at Commonwealth Stadium. The reserves were spotted a 14-0 lead to start the game, meaning the starters outscored them 35-14.
Robinson finished with nine catches for 146 yards, and it's obvious that he's going to be one of the guys sophomore quarterback Maxwell Smith looks for often in the fall. Senior receiver La'Rod King, who caught seven touchdown passes last season, didn't play in the game after spraining his knee in practice.
"We got an idea of who some of our playmakers are," Kentucky coach Joker Phillips said. "I worked a training camp one time with [former Washington Redskins head coach] Joe Gibbs and in one of our coaching meetings he said, 'There’s something to be said about a guy, every time you have a scrimmage, he makes a play.’ Demarco Robinson was that guy. Every time we came into this place [Commonwealth Stadium], he made a huge play for us. Today he made a lot of big plays for us."
Smith, who exits the spring as the Wildcats' starting quarterback, had a big day throwing the ball. He was 29-of-45 for 353 yards, but also threw two interceptions. In addition to Robinson, the Wildcats' tight ends demonstrated that they're ready to be a big part of the offense in the fall. Tyler Robinson and Ronnie Shields combined to catch eight passes.
Kentucky's first-team defense racked nine tackles for loss, including seven sacks. Linebacker Avery Williamson, who's stepping in for Danny Trevathan, had a game-high eight tackles, including two for loss.
For more on the Wildcats' spring game, fans can go here.