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By LARRY VAUGHT
With the season-ending injury running back Josh Clemons suffered, that puts more weight on senior Raymond Sanders to perform — and lead — a young and not overly deep Kentucky backfield.
“It was a big blow losing him. He is our friend, our brother. He had been working hard. He had his confidence and speed and was getting better (after being hurt last year). We knew how hard he worked and how much he put into it. It was just heartbreaking after he put so much work in to see him get hurt,” Sanderss said. “The depth in the backfield, we all push each other and make each other better. I feel like a lot of guys can come in and get it done. Everyone wants to be the best back or be part of the best backfield in the nation and that is what we are pushing toward and what we compete for every day.
“I already wanted to be that guy and the guy who touched the ball more. In the SEC, you always need two or three backs that can carry the ball. Not saying that those other guys can’t do it. All of us have to contribute. To see him go down was hard. We are all going to pick it up. He will be there supporting us and his eyes will also be there to help and making sure we doing the correct things on the field. He will see things that we can’t see and that will help.”
Sanders expects sophomore Dyshawn Mobley to help offset Clemons’ loss.
“He is just getting stronger and faster. He is used to game speed now. As a freshman, things are not as slow as you want them to be. Now I can see he is able to catch on quicker. He is a power back with speed and a great guy to be around. He will be good this year,” Sanders said.
True freshman JoJo Kemp has also impressed Sanders during summer workouts.
“ JoJo is a real good guy. He comes out and works hard,” Sanders said. “He had a good summer and he’s learning. He anxious and he’s out there asking me and JonJon (George) questions and is a guy that wants to learn, I always want to help. He just has to keep coming along, keep learning and keep asking questions and he will be fine.”