From his vantage point, it looked like a bunch of white jerseys being picked up and carried toward the Kentucky end zone.
But Patrick Towles knew that under the three Auburn defenders was tight end C.J. Conrad, who carried all of them to the first down last week.
All in a day's work, the tight end said.
"I'm not faster than all of our receivers, so I have to make up for it with how big I am," he said of that play where he carried part of the Auburn defense with him. "That comes with shielding guys off and getting extra yards after the catch. If you're a tight end and you can do that, you can get the ball more and more."
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In just his first six games of college football, Conrad has become Mr. Reliable.
"He's an outlet that if it's third-and-5 that I can trust to throw it 3 yards and he'll get 5 yards," Towles said on Tuesday as the Cats prepared for a trip to Mississippi State.
"I'm so proud of how much he's grown since this spring. I wish I'd be here when he's a senior because I know he's going to be a heck of a football player."
And while Conrad has made just a few plays himself with six catches for 77 yards (12.8 yards a catch) with a touchdown (all in the past three games), it's been his ability to make plays for other people that have impressed coaches.
"He ain't your typical freshman," tight ends coach Vince Marrow said. "The kid is smart, very savvy, plays with injuries. He's definitely more than a freshman."
There are the blocks he's made to spring UK running backs so far this season, including being in on the Cats' two longest run plays of the season, both by Boom Williams.
Then there's the decoy Conrad has become in the passing game. Having Conrad in the middle has opened things on the outside and the inside for UK's wideouts.
"Now you can't double," Marrow said of opposing defenses. "You see people rolling their coverage to Dorian (Baker) because he's such a big, physical guy and now you have my man just had a big game, Garrett (Johnson), so you've got to pick your coverages and you're not going to want some of these guys we've got one-on-one."
Having a pass-catching tight end makes Kentucky a much more difficult team to pick apart for opposing defenses, offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson said.
"We're definitely much more dangerous," Dawson said. "When that guy's a weapon down the field, which he is, we're going to continue to utilize him in that way."
Tight ends with ball skills like Conrad force defensive coordinators to pick their poison.
"They can't stick with a completely run formation," Dawson explained. "They've got to get some coverage behind it. You can look through the NFL and everything.
"A lot of times when you bring a tight end in the game, the run-pass is probably skewed to run. But if you can equal that out and be a threat, you can be pretty good."
And Conrad has been doing all of that while hobbled with a nagging heel injury he suffered on his first career catch against Missouri when he banged it hard against the turf.
He walks around campus with a boot to protect the massive bruise on the bottom of his foot. The only relief lately has been running in a game because he runs on his toes, Conrad said.
"It's been kind of frustrating, something that's kind of nagged me a little bit," Conrad admitted. "It's been frustrating, but I've been fine."