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King, Rose have to show they can provide backup support for Snell

Sihiem King. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Defense apparently dominated Kentucky’s spring scrimmage Saturday but the UK offense was missing one key player — running back Benny Snell.

The Kentucky coaching staff decided to hold Snell out of the scrimmage for precautionary reasons.

“Benny didn’t play today. That obviously hurts the offense a little bit with his power running game. We wanted to see what these other backs can do and Benny has played a ton of football,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said.

The UK head coach thought backup running backs A.J. Rose and Sihiem King both did some impressive things during the scrimmage.

“They have their strengths. Si is tough in the open field. He’s good when we chucked the ball down the field, give him a little space. Si can make some people miss,” Stoops said.

“A.J .needs a lot of reps but I like what I see out of him. He is a good player. He’s going to get his opportunity this spring. We really need to push him and see what he can do. I have a lot of confidence in him. We’ll see how it goes.”

 

2 comments

  1. We may have the best defense we’ve had around here in more than a few years. This may be one of the reasons the offense isn’t showing as many “Big Plays.” Our offensive line has experience and depth so I expect them to be a strength. I saw a short clip of Wilson’s pass to Bowden. Probably shouldn’t have thrown it but Lynn made a play. What I also saw was Wilson had the time to throw the ball. Giving our QB’s time to throw the ball has been a problem in the past. I didn’t see a blitz so the OL wasn’t outnumbered.

  2. I don’t think our Defense is a good measuring stick. They couldn’t stop, or even slow down, any of the top teams they played last year. From the stats, Stoops defenses have not progressed from year to year very much at all. I think statistically, a couple of his defenses have even been worse than what Joker put on the field.
    As for the offense, when you are bound and determined to be a two-man team, how are the others to get experience? You don’t get game day experience in practice taking a few reps everyday. Live action is where you prove you belong on the field.
    If the O line doesn’t improve where the QB can stay healthy, it doesn’t much matter who is back there.

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