BY LARRY VAUGHT
One part of the Kentucky offense that frustrated fans last season was the lack of catches for tight end C.J. Conrad, who is ranked as the top tight end in the country by several NFL draft analysts.
He has 50 career catches for 697 yards and nine touchdowns and last year had 16 catches for four scores despite missing almost half the season with an injury.
Kentucky tight ends coach Vince Marrow believes both Conrad and sophomore tight end Justin Rigg are future NFL players. He also says not to worry about Conrad having more catches this season.
“C.J. could have 80 catches every year if that is what we wanted to do,” Marrow said. “But he is such a good blocker. In pass protection he sacrifices catches for the team. I guarantee you he will have a lot more catches this year.”
“I can guarantee you that. Put that down,” Marrow said.
During the offseason UK coaches watched how the Philadelphia Eagles often used two tight ends at the same time last year when they won the Super Bowl. Kentucky could do a lot of the same thing this year.
“To do that, you have got to be able to run. You can’t just put two tight ends out there if they can’t run and both these guys can run. I think they are going to be weapons this year,” Marrow said. “That’s why I guarantee C.J. will have more catches.”