SDS talent evaluators Jon Cooper and Brad Crawford spent several months breaking down last year’s highlights, incoming talent and projected 2014 impact following spring practice to compile a list of the SEC’s Top 100 players heading into fall. Athletes were selected by position then ranked overall counting down to No. 1.
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86. Javess Blue, Sr., WR, Kentucky
Another immediate impact JUCO standout signed by Kentucky, the Florida-born speedster made his presence felt on an offense void of playmakers last season outside of Jojo Kemp with a team-leading 43 catches for 586 yards and four touchdowns. He’s part of a core nucleus this fall expected to spark some life into Mark Stoops’ Air Raid which is down to a two-man race at quarterback between Patrick Towles and Drew Barker.
Blue’s a weapon for either passer and could be in for a stellar final campaign as the Wildcats’ No. 1 option for offensive coordinator Neal Brown. To give him more touches, Kentucky will continue to utilize Blue’s quickness on special teams as well as its primary punt and kickoff return man — similar to the way former playmaker and current Green Bay Packers wideout Randall Cobb was used in Lexington.
Blue missed spring drills with a shoulder injury suffered during off-season workouts but is expected back by the start of fall practice. Without him, Kentucky’s ultra-thin at receiver.
2013 statistics: 43 catches, 586 yds, 4 TD
2014 projection: 46 catches, 640 yds, 5 TD
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