By LARRY VAUGHT
Senior running back JoJo Kemp has not played the last 2 1/2 games after injuring his left hand but he could be back Saturday at Tennessee.
“Had a really good practice today and he’s in the third week of that and today he looked as good as he’s looked since he had that (cast) on him,” said offensive coordinator Eddie Gran after Tuesday’s practice.
Kemp’s specialty had been taking direct snaps out of the wildcat formation. Gran was concerned he might not be able to do that because of the injury.
“Watching him do that and all the other things you have to do, so that was good,” Gran said.
Gran said UK will need all its weapons at Tennessee Saturday against the Vols’ defense.
“They’re really good. They’re really athletic. They do a great job on defense. You see the guys up front. I think they’re athletic at the linebacker position, too. It will be a great challenge for us, No. 1 being on the road again and then a really good football team,” Gran said.
At times, Tennessee has been vulnerable against the run and the last four games that has been UK’s strength with Benny Snell and Boom Williams.
“I don’t look at very many statistics. I guess just because – I do look at the turnovers, how they’re getting turnovers, what they’re doing, who the person is tackles for loss, who’s the guy making sacks and those guys making tackles because those guys can be game-wreckers,” Gran said.
“But how much they — that’s all going to depend on us. I think you’ve got to be balanced. I think you’ve got to be able to do both, and I think we’re going to have to be balanced this week.”