The UK football wide receiving core is one that has not seen a lot of action in the last two seasons as the offense has been almost exclusively run-first. With senior quarterback Terry Wilson back this season, and some depth behind him at the position, the team expects to be throwing the ball more often.
One wideout that has received a lot of attention so far in preseason camp is redshirt freshman DeMarcus Harris. The 6-foot-1, 183-pounder out of Vero Beach, FL, has been consistent on the outside, coming down with a lot of tough catches according to UK Head Coach Mark Stoops and offensive coordinator Eddie Gran.
For Harris, it’s just about showing the coaching staff how much he has improved since arriving in Lexington, and gaining more playing time.
“I think I’m coming along pretty well, I’m just trying to move up the depth chart — show the coaches what I can do and hopefully become a starter by the season,” he said.
The Florida native is confident in his ability to come down with a catch and speed while running routes, but says he most dedicated himself to getting stronger in the weight room and learning the playbook last season as a redshirt player.
“That time, I dedicated myself to the weight room. I dedicated myself to learning the playbook for the next year, you know,” he said.” Even though we obviously didn’t throw the ball (last year), I was patient. I knew my time was coming. Talking to the coaches — they had faith in me the whole time.”
Harris said he is really confident in the instructing from WR coach Jovon Bouknight, and that the wideouts like to have fun in position group meetings, but getting down to the grind and finishing business comes first.
“When we come here, it’s business,” he said. “We like to have fun, but it’s a business first.”
The Cats are just two weeks away from beginning their season at Auburn on Sept. 26. Until then, we shall enjoy some ACC and Big-12 football.