By LARRY VAUGHT
Running back Sihiem King apparently is taking advantage of his chance during spring practice to impress coaches and show he should be in the playing rotation next season.
Kentucky lost Jojo Kemp to graduation and Boom Williams to the NFL draft. With freshman Bryant Koback unable to have contact because of a leg injury, King is getting plenty of chances.
Offensive coordinator Eddie Gran liked what he saw from him in Saturday’s scrimmage.
“He caught some balls out of the backfield, got some good screens, but in the run game he made some people miss. He does some things – he’s that change-up guy,” Gran said.
“A.J. Rose had a long run. It was good to see him pop through there and see his speed. I was pleased with those young guys, the guys that we’ve got to get those yards from. I think they’re on the right track.”
Gran says there’s a lot to like about King, who played only sparingly last season.
“He’s got that quickness. He’s different than Benny (Snell). Benny is downhill and he’s gonna punish you, and Sihiem’s more of a scat back. He’s got a chance in a phone booth to make you miss,” Gran said.
Gran also liked what some of his older receivers did in the scrimmage, especially after he had challenged them to make plays or get left behind by younger players moving ahead of them.
“I thought Kayaune Ross made one, a couple. So did Tavin Richardson, big-time play over on the sideline. Blake Bone caught a long ball. Some of those guys that I talked about last week that really need to step up for us to be successful, I thought they did a good job. I really did,” Gran said.
“It was exciting to see. Looked like we were efficient on third down and they made some big money plays on those third down catches, so that was really good.”