University of Kentucky freshman wide receiver Demarco Robinson was the surprise spotlight-stealer at the third annual Blue/White spring scrimmage football game on Saturday, April 21.
Thanks to some off-season practice with sophomore quarterback Maxwell Smith, Robinson fell into an observable rhythm on the Commonwealth Stadium football field. The first team teammates found each other for two touchdowns in the game.
Although the Smith-Robinson duo had a few interceptions, they made the follow-throughs count. They connected for a 69-yard touchdown in the first quarter, and from then on, eyes were on Robinson.
Late in the game, Robinson managed another 21-yard reception. That's not to mention Robinson's nine other catches throughout the scrimmage.
Head football coach Joker Phillips took notice of Robinson's performance in the practices leading up to Saturday's scrimmage.
"I don't know if they (Robinson and wide receiver Daryl Collins) surprised me because that's what you first expected when they first walked in the door (last year). A lot of that has to do with the amount of reps they have gotten this spring. A lot of that is confidence, too. The more reps you get, the more confidence you get," Phillips said.
Robinson's role in the scrimmage proved to be an extension of his great 2011-12 regular season performance, Phillips also noted.
"Demarco Robinson was that guy. Every time we came into this place (Commonwealth Stadium), he made a huge play for us. Today he made lot of big plays for us," Phillips said.
The Kentucky Wildcats are set in terms of wide receiver talent. Along with Robinson's breakout playing in the Blue/White game, fans and coaches alike are crossing their fingers for a full recovery for junior Gene McCaskill, who red-shirted in 2010 after an injury. Sophomore Brian Adams mirrored Robinson's awesome Blue/White game performance a year earlier in the wide receiver role, with seven catches for 121 yards and two touchdowns. And of course, junior La'Rod King led the way as the WR veteran in the 2010-11 regular season.
With the addition of highly touted wide receiver coach Pat Washington, expect the receiving end of the Wildcats lineup to be top-ranked.
College football fans had better keep their eyes peeled next fall. One of the talented Wildcat wide receivers (my bets are on Demarco Robinson) might "catch" more than just Kentucky's attention with some spotlight-stealing plays.
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