Junior college wide receivers don't always catch on as quickly as they might want to in their first season.
Two of Kentucky's best junior college wide outs in recent memory, Stevie Johnson and Chris Matthews, had lackluster first seasons.
Fans will remember that in 2007 Johnson electrified the offense by catching passes for more than 100 yards in three games and made big catches in the biggest of games.
He had 1,041 receiving yards, second behind only Craig Yeast for most in a single year.
But they likely won't recall Johnson's first season with its 12 catches for 159 yards and one touchdown.
Same for Matthews, who had just 364 yards and three touchdowns in his first season and then followed it up in 2010 by nearly tripling those numbers: 925 yards and nine touchdowns.
So there is good reason to believe senior Javess Blue, who came to UK from Butler Community College a year ago, will have a big year.
"If you look at junior college guys, for whatever reason, they always have a better second year," offensive coordinator Neal Brown said this summer. "That's really been the case here."
Often, there's a learning curve for guys who come from the junior college level.
"A lot of times they're a little bit like a freshman in their knowledge of the offense, so sometimes it takes a while for that offense to slow down in their minds so they can play as fast as they can play" said Tommy Mainord, who coaches UK's wide receivers. "A lot of times that happens the next year."
His coaches expect that same sort of impressive second season from Blue. Brown looks at players like Johnson and Matthews and knows that his own junior college transfer can put up those types of numbers.
The senior didn't disagree.
"This is gonna be my year," Blue said. "I've gotten used to everything, the speed of the game, playing everyone that's in the SEC, that was a big change for me."
And considering the aforementioned adjustment period, Blue still had a special season last year, leading the Cats with 43 catches for 586 yards and four touchdowns in 11 games.
In Blue's first season, he had one fewer catch than Matthews and Johnson combined in their first seasons at Kentucky. He had as many touchdowns as they had combined for in their first seasons.
And even though the 6-foot, 190-pounder from Florida sat for much of fall camp nursing a surgically repaired shoulder and a couple of other minor tweaks, Blue said he's got fresh legs and is ready to go. He's had enough of sitting on the sidelines.
Watching him go full speed in practice this week, his coaches and teammates are in full agreement.
"Just a lot of speed," quarterback Patrick Towles on Tuesday. "Man, it's awesome. He can blow a top off a defense just like that. He's got great hands. I'm excited to have him."
Knowing someone with Blue's experience will be in the game for an offense with so many young players makes Brown feel better.
"He's a really good player," the offensive coordinator said. "He's really dynamic."
But coaches are trying to be careful with him early this season, knowing he has been idle for so long.
"He doesn't have all the conditioning that the other guys have," Brown said. "I think he'll probably be in that 30 to 35 play range, where normally he might be closer to 50."
While watching from the sidelines, Blue has been playing the part of coach for a lot of the Cats' young receivers, specifically Dorian Baker.
"Javess is a really good player, so he's definitely a guy that all of us go to when we need help," Baker said.
Blue expects big things from Baker in the true freshman's first season.
"That's like my little brother," Blue said. "I work with him a lot because I want him to do some great things for this team. Once I'm gone, someone has to step up and be that guy and I expect him to take over really soon. I'm getting him ready to play."