LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – The Kentucky football team’s offense enters the 2022 season losing over half of its receptions from the 2021 offense, with Wan’Dale Robinson headed to the NFL Draft and Josh Ali graduated. That gives an opportunity for other guys to step in.

Freshman wide receiver Dane Key, a former Frederick Douglass star, took his first reps on Kroger Field on Saturday in the Blue-White Spring Game, the first time being on the field since making an appearance in the Class 5A high school football state championship game back in December.

Key was an early-enrollee at Kentucky and joined the team for spring practice, so the former 4-star has already made a strong impact on the offensive unit.

“He’s very mature in his approach, he’s been very consistent with young guys you have a tendency to see some ups and some downs of course that will be the case with him but he’s more consistent than most younger people I’ve seen,” head coach Mark Stoops said.

Returning quarterback Will Levis threw a touchdown pass to Key in the first quarter of the scrimmage, making a bobbling-catch and impressing a crowd that braved the elements to get its first look at the next group of Wildcats.

“He’s just fluid, he knows how to run routes he’s a guy that will go up and make plays he’s a natural ball catcher natural route runner and he just has a good feel he’s only gonna get better and we’re gonna grind with him this summer to try to get him to the levels that we know we can,” Levis said.

In the second half, another former local high school star made a splash in the Kentucky uniform when Cole Lanter caught a touchdown pass. The Boyle Co. alum also was fortunate enough to play on Kroger Field before when he won the Class 4A high school football state championship.

Lanter did a backflip in the endzone after making the diving catch, putting on a show in a similar way as Key did when he hit the griddy after his scoring reception.

The Kentucky football team will hold a couple more practices this upcoming week before wrapping up spring ball and taking a break before resuming camp in the summer.