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Kemp still trying to learn Gran’s personality

JoJo Kemp (Vicky Graff Photo)

JoJo Kemp (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Senior running back JoJo Kemp wants to be a leader and has been a leader for Kentucky’s football team. But offensive coordinator Eddie Gran still is not sure the two are always on the same page because of Kemp’s playful personality.

“Evolution is interesting with Jojo because he’s got to learn – you’ve got to know when to turn it on and turn it off in terms of when you’re going to have fun. Jojo, as you know, he likes to have fun and laugh,” Gran said.

“But when Jojo gets out here he practices, he gets after it. He and I are just kind of getting to know each other of when he needs to be like that and not be like that. He tries with the team. He is trying to be a leader, but he’s just got to understand me and my personality because when we get out here it’s different.

“When we’re in our meeting room and we’re going through things let’s find – I laugh out here and we have a good time, but when we get inside the white lines, it’s time to go to work.”

Gran isn’t sure any Wildcat totally mirrors his personality.

“I’m a little crazy. I lose it out there a little bit,” Gran said.

He said maybe offensive linemen Nick Haynes and Jon Toth might mirror him.

“They’re locked in, everything that you do. You can hear them talking to the O-Line when something’s not going right. So I’d say those two guys. They might not get as vocal as I do, but when they talk, they listen, and I think that’s what you need,” Gran said.

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