GN continues its SEC unit rankings series today with receiving corps (including tight ends).
Five players who were among the league’s top 10 in receptions return, and each team in the league has a star at either wide receiver or tight end, if not both. But it gets a bit dicey when you start looking for top-flight wide receiving duos around the league.
The first position group was the offensive backfield, and those rankings are here. Following the receivers will be offensive line, defensive line, linebackers, secondary and special teams.
One thing: Proven production (generally) trumps potential.
The good: TE C.J. Conrad is one of the best in the league at his position and should contend for All-SEC honors. Senior WR Garrett Johnson is a proven commodity.
The bad: Outside of the two mentioned above, the position is a mystery. UK will miss Jeff Badet, a grad transfer who left for Oklahoma. Senior Dorian Baker had a strong sophomore season but was an afterthought last season; can he regain his form? And are there any young guys who will prove effective?
The good: Senior Jared Cornelius will be the go-to receiver; he should be expected to have a big season. There is some intriguing young talent on the roster. The receivers will work with one of the best quarterbacks in the league in Austin Allen.
The bad: One reason Cornelius will be the go-to guy is that he is talented. The other? There is zero proven talent other than Cornelius, who is the only receiver on the roster who has double-digit career catches. A lot of young guys must prove themselves. And for a team that likes to throw to its tight ends, it’s not a given that there is a tight end who can be an effective weapon.
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