LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Ryan Timmons cmae out of Franklin County High School and he's hopeful of having an impact in his first season at Kentucky.
Timmons wore No. 5 as a Flyer but at UK hes been issued No. 1. That would seem fitting. In his junior and senior years he piled up more than 4,700 yards running and catching the football. "I think I'm physically ready, I mean I put on 10 pounds, I weigh 200 now. So I'm trying to slim up a little bit more and gain more muscle. Hopefully I'll put two and two together and help this team out."
Timmons had to undergo shoulder surgery in February but he says he's fine now. He's already up to speed with the new offense at Kentucky. "I'm familiar with it from high school and things like that, so being able to come in, I'm already ahead of the game with the offense and it'll be a good advantage for me and help other players out."
Timmons is a dynamic playmaker. Opponents kicked off to him just three times, he ran all three back for touchdowns. Kentucky offensive coordinator Neal Brown knows he's versatile. "Hes got the ability to run the football and hes got the ability to play receiver. We're going to start him at receiver and teach him that aspect first. From a technical stand point it's a little tougher to learn. But he's also a guy that if we have some depth issues at running back, he can bounce over and play there too."
Timmons was a five time state champion in track. Plenty will be expected on the field, but coming in as a freshman, Brown says you can't expect too much. "I think everybody in the state's excited about Ryan and they should be. But also you've got to realize that these freshmen, they're 18 years old. And they're going to go out and play in front of 60,000 plus the first game and it's going to be like that every time. So I think our expectations got to be realistic, but at the same time, if they're the most talented guys we've got to take those bumps that come."