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By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky’s running game suffered last season â€” partially because of the ineffective offense and partially because of so many injuries to the tailbacks.
Here’s what Kentucky coach Joker Phillips said about UK’s tailbacks after spring practice ended:
â€œWe donâ€™t have a big huge back, today we donâ€™t, we have a couple coming. I think what we do offensively, these are the types of backs that have had success in this offense, that we throw the ball to, we try to hit some outside runs. When we are trying to hit some inside runs it is usually zone cutbacks so it gives the little guy with good footwork to come out the backside of some of the runs. Theyâ€™re not real physical guys so we are just going to take a lot of them because they are not real physical guys.
“CoShik Williams is about 185, 190 pounds, Raymond Sanders is about the same. Josh Clemons, we didnâ€™t get to see him at all this spring. Jon Jon George had a good spring and could be one of those physical backs for us, he is probably 210 but there are a couple other guys that are coming in here that will walk in the door at 210 and in a couple months will be 225, that is the kind of backs you have to have that can hold up for 12 games.
“But for what we are doing, throwing the football, running the inside zone, running some of the stretch plays and throwing some of the screens out, I think these guys can get it done.â€