Jordan Anthony could be the playmaker the Cats offense needs

Published 4:21 pm Tuesday, August 23, 2022

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Jordan Anthony is one of the talented true freshman receivers that Kentucky has who could be a needed playmaker for quarterback Will Levis this season.

Anthony’s name has not been mentioned as prominently as true freshman receivers Dane Key and Barion Brown even though he was the nation’s fastest high school athlete in the 100- and 200-meter dashes his senior season.

What if someone predicted by the time the season ended that he might be the biggest surprise on the team?

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“That would be the biggest pick of your life,” Robinson said.

Anthony turned down a chance to compete in the Under-20 World Championships in Columbia in August so he would not miss any practice time.

“No second thoughts at all. I have been showing my speed off in fall camp. I am not gaining nothing or losing nothing for it (missing the World Championships). It is a win-win situation for me to be here,” Anthony said.

“It was a hard decision knowing just being under 20 world champion would be different for me and pretty cool but I chose football because I want to learn the offense better and have that connection with Will Levis.”

Anthony said when he committed to Kentucky that he was a football player who also runs track and not just a sprinter who plays football. He hopes his decision to not miss any preseason practice makes that clear.

“For sure it sends that message. I will still run track but I balance both,” Anthony said. “I want to be on the field this year. “

He works with receivers coach Scott Woodward daily watching film, going over plays and how he can get open more for Levis.

What are fans going to see from the 5-9, 155-pound Anthony if he is on the field?

“A unique athlete that is not that tall, not that big but one of a kind,” Anthony said. “I don’t mind contact. I love blocking and seeing someone else score. That brings a lot to my life.”

He came to UK from Tylertown, Miss., and says it has been a “smooth transition” from day one.

“I am originally from California but I have been in Mississippi for a couple of years. Lexington is a smooth walk in the park for me,” Anthony said.

On the field, there’s not much walking for Anthony. The faster the play, the better he likes it.

“I think everybody in the world wants me and my speed,” he laughed and said.

He’s not worrying about the title of the “fastest high school athlete” following him to UK. He knows that is history.

“It is just a title. Next year it might be someone else,” Anthony said. “I enjoy the hype around it but I am humble enough to know not to let the hype get to me. Just try to always succeed in what you are doing and that’s what I know I can do here.”