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Gran now loves being around Boom Williams

Boom Williams (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

During spring practice new Kentucky offensive coordinator Eddie Gran had little to say about running back Boom Williams.

First, he was unable to practice often as he was still rehabbing from offseason surgery. Second, he had some moments in the 2015 season when his lack of maturity showed.

Gran wisely said he was just waiting to see what Williams could or could not do.

Well, he did a lot during UK’s 7-5 season. He had 30 runs of 20 yards or more and rushed for 1,135 yards and seven scores while averaging 7.1 yards per attempt. He was so effective that after Saturday’s TaxSlayer Bowl he’ll have to weigh his option about entering the NFL draft or returning to UK for his senior year.

“I think he’s become more accountable and really tried to be a leader,” Gran said. “Everything he’s trying to do running the ball, whether that be a downhill guy, getting north and south — some of the things we’ve talked about – being a better pass protector and being an all-around back, I think he’s bought into that.

“I love being around him. He’s been really, really good. He’s matured that way that when you can push him. I think you’ve got to do it different ways for different people. I think he’s really understood the way I am. It’s been a good relationship.”

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