LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Tight end C.J. Conrad caught three touchdown passes Saturday against New Mexico State. That was the most by any Kentucky receiver since Dicky Lyons did it in 2007. The last tight end to do it was James Whalen in 1999.
"I did not know that." said Conrad smiling after the game. "Shoot, that is a long time. It's nice to see the hard work paying off for myself."
Conrad's big day included five catches for 133 yards, including this 72 yard play in the first quarter. He broke free and was able to make it all the way to the end zone.
"I thought I was going to get caught for sure." Conrad said. Like 'you guys are faster than me.' All right I'm running. I'm at the 30, probably going to get tackled around the 25 and I got to around the 15 and 'oh gosh, I'm going to score.' I was extremely tired after that."
Conrad has run 70 yards before but not in a long time.
" In high school, but that was about 50 pounds ago."
Since he arrived at Kentucky there has been plenty of talk about involving the tight end more in the passing game. It finally happened against New Mexico State.
"I understand everyone's frustration with the tight end not being involved as much the first two games, but we were running a whole lot of plays in the offense. I was telling everyone who asked me, you run 50 plays a game and go three and out, the tight ends just not going to be involved a whole lot and that's just how it goes. This game we were getting first downs, we were getting in the red zone and that's why I played and Greg (Hart) so much tonight."