By LARRY VAUGHT
For the first time during preseason camp, Kentucky running back Boom Williams got some contact work in Saturday’s scrimmage.
He has been held out of contact because of an injury but Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said he had some carries Saturday and also made blitz pick-ups.
“Put him in some stressful situations. He didn’t get a ton of reps, but he probably got 10 live reps or so, or more. Carries the ball, and it was good to see him go to the ground and take good, physical tackles,” Stoops said.
Offensive coordinator Eddie Gran said Williams’ activity was planned before the scrimmage started.
“He got his three carries and I wanted him to get whacked. I wanted him to feel it, get on the ground. He picked up a protection, which was fantastic to see that. Really everything that I needed to get done with him got done,” Gran said.
“He’s practicing at a high tempo right now. He’s really doing some good things. But that has to be a consistent thing. And for him to have that job, you’ve got to act like it everyday. And if you don’t, we’re going to move forward.”
How has Williams, UK’s leading rusher last year, handled that?
“He’s accepted that challenge and his last six, seven practices, he’s practiced like he wants the job. But if not we have other guys. That room is very competitive right now. That’s a great thing,” Gran said.