In his first season coaching the Kentucky wide receivers in 2010, Tee Martin's life was good.
The quarterback of Tennessee's 1998 national championship team inherited a UK wide-receiving unit that featured Randall Cobb, Chris Matthews and La'Rod King. With veteran quarterback Mike Hartline throwing the football, UK's passing attack was lethal.
This year, Martin's job has been a little tougher.
Other than King (27 catches, six touchdowns), who has righted his season after a slow start, Kentucky has not been able to establish any other wide-out as a consistent threat.
This week, Martin discussed the challenges and frustrations of the current season.
Question: So how have you dealt with this season?
Answer: Keep working. That's it. Try to get the guys better every day. Hopefully, the progress they make in practice carries onto the field (in the games). The only way to get inexperienced guys better is getting them experience. You know it is a process, that there are going to be some bumps along the way.
Q: Obviously, it has proven tough to get a "No. 2 receiver" going to complement La'Rod King?
A: Yeah. You've got Matt Roark and Gene (McCaskill), who had a back injury from the Louisville game. It took him a couple of weeks to get back from that injury. He's back in the mix now. And Matt Roark has been playing a lot better now.
Q: E.J. Fields had a good game (seven catches, 57 yards, a touchdown) against Louisville but seems to have faded from the rotation. Has he been hurt?
A: No, he hasn't been hurt. I kind of judge the guys based on what they do in practice. If I feel like they had a good week of practice and they are ready to play mentally and physically, then they get the nod. That's how it is. Based on how they practice, that's who gets the nod.
Q: Brian Adams lit up the spring game (seven catches, 121 yards, two TDs). Obviously, Adams (two catches, 16 yards for the season) hasn't carried that into the fall. Why?
A: I told him, I'm waiting on that guy (from the spring) to show up. We need that guy to show up. It's there somewhere. ... He has to step up and do for us what I think he can do. What he's done before (in practices). He's just got to do it in the game.
Q: True freshman Demarco Robinson (five catches, 17 yards) is back after missing last week's game due to a suspension. Where's he stand now?
A: He's back in the mix. It's a whole deal where we'd like to see him in space, like to see him making plays. ... We're starting to move him around to different positions where he could possibly get the ball more. He's a guy we'd like to have the ball in his hands because we think he can do some special things. He's coming along.