By LARRY VAUGHT
Perhaps the most encouraging sign for the second half of Kentucky’s football season is the way Boom Williams handled the adversity from UK’s win over Vanderbilt.
The junior running back is UK’s leading rusher, but he fumbled early in the second half and Vandy returned it for a score. After that, offensive coordinator Eddie Gran went with running backs JoJo Kemp and fan favorite Benny Snell.
Last year that would have infuriated Williams. This time he seems to have taken it in stride.
“He’s had three great days (of practice) last week. I can’t wait to watch him. I’m excited about him. He’s excited to get back on the field and go. We’re right on track with that,” Gran said.
Head coach Mark Stoops was just as happy talking about Williams on the SEC Coaches Teleconference Wednesday.
“I think you’ve heard me just about say it all year that I’ve been proud of Boom’s growth. He’s not perfect, as none of us are, but, again, he’s a competitor, he wants the football, he wants to play. That’s what you want, but he’s also seeing that the team and team-first and whatever the situation is and having trust in his coaches,” Stoops said.
“He may not like every single decision that we make, but it’s about the team and I appreciate that about him. Boom is certainly at his best when he’s mentally sharp and mentally in tune with what we’re doing and being positive and upbeat.
“It’s a real grind to be a running back at any place, let alone in the SEC. And I think it just speaks to his maturity and his growth over the three years.”