The Kentucky wide receivers were a battered, banged up group by the end of spring practice, but they seem to be healing well and most of them will be available come the start of fall camp, offensive coordinator Neal Brown told the Herald-Leader on Monday morning.
Jeff Badet, who broke his fibula in what coaches called a freak accident where he clipped his own foot running routes this spring, is back and has been cleared to run straight lines.
“We feel good about him going in,” Brown said of Badet, who had had 22 catches for 285 yards and a touchdown.
Fellow sophomore wide receiver Alexander Montgomery, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in late October, is still a question mark.
“He’s nine months post op now,” Brown said. “He’ll be released, but mentally where he’ll be, we’ll just have to wait and see.”
Montgomery played in eight games before his season-ending injury. He had 16 catches for 137 yards and two touchdowns.
Javess Blue, who had shoulder surgery this off-season, has completely recovered and Brown is expecting big things from the junior college wide receiver who led the Cats with 43 catches for 586 yards and four touchdowns.
“He’s set up to have a really good season,” Brown said. “If you look at junior college guys, for whatever reason, they always have a better second year. That’s really been the case here with wide outs like Stevie Johnson and (Chris) Matthews. I think (Blue) is going to have that type of second year.”