LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Tight end Anthony Kendrick seemed to disappear. He didn't play last season because of grades and he missed spring practice with a fractured foot. Now Kendrick is having a good fall camp and he agrees, it seems like hes been reborn on the field. "I guess so, and it's just that I want to provide for this team. I want to end on a great season and maybe take it to the next level."
Kendrick, out of Katy, Texas, has just one season left. Since 2011 he says hes been discouraged. "Oh very frustrated, very discouraging. Being academically ineligible, ya know having this injury, I got down on myself really bad. But I also took it as a life learning lesson and just motivated myself to become a better person, become a better player on the field."
Kendrick has caught only six passes in his UK career. UK offensive coordinator Neal Brown says Kendrick has a lot of ability, but he really hasn't had a chance to play much. "I had to go back to spring of 2012, I guess, to really kind of evaluate him when I first got here. But hes had a really nice camp, he can do a lot of things, he's versatile."
Kendrick says UK's high performance program has really helped. "They helped build my speed, they helped build a better body for me to move in. I think thats whats given me the up."
Senior Jordan Aumiller from Boyle County is also competing, as is junior college transfer Steven Borden. "Borden is still leanring," said Brown. "He's kind of up and down, hes got to be more consistent. And Jordan Aumiller has been really impressive so far."