By LARRY VAUGHT
With the departure of star running back Benny Snell to the NFL, Kentucky’s offense obviously will have a different look next season.
During Friday’s Blue-White Game, Kentucky showed briefly that it might include running backs A.J. Rose, Kavosiey Smoke and Christopher Rodriguez more in the passing game than it did with Snell at running back.
“I think we want to continue with that. A.J. is also very good, can catch the ball out of the backfield all those guys can do that and we want to continue to work on that and get the ball to them,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said.
“And as we create shots in getting the ball down the field, as we start seeking out under things, there’s going to be outlets there that we need to get the ball to them when we can. The quarterback’s got to be on time and deliver that football on those checkdowns and we can get good yardage on that.”
Smoke, a redshirt freshman, was just glad to get over his knee injury and be back on the field even for a scrimmage game. He ran five times for 132 yards, including an 87-yard run, and caught one pass for give yards.
“I had to show them I had speed, instead of just power. I feel like we were more explosive than the past, so everyone is just trying to work on their quickness,” Smoke said. “That’s the biggest thing this year.”
“My biggest improvement is that I got leaner. I lost a lot of weight, so it brings a lot more speed than where I was in the past. I think I got faster once I lost weight. I got awareness and a little more stamina.”