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Neal Brown would like one running back to emerge, but okay with running back by committee

By LARRY VAUGHT

With so much attention focused on Kentucky’s quarterback battle, there has not been as much buzz over the competition to see who will emerge as the starting running back among JoJo Kemp, Bryalon Heard, Josh Clemons and Mikel Horton.

I think running back, you can be by committee. Now, we’d like a guy to jump up and just be the guy and be able to do everything. But I think you can kind form that running back position around what people do the best. But I know coach (Chad) Scott wants a guy to emerge, and I’d like for that too, but you can — it’s not a negative if we do it by committee,” offensive coordinator Neal Brown said Monday.

What does he like best about the running backs currently?

“They’re catching the ball really well. They’re actually catching the ball better than our receivers, which I’m not sure is a good thing but they are,” Brown said. “They are doing a nice job. We do a deal where we do a catch percentage, and we want everybody — everybody should have a 90 percent or higher catch percentage. All the running backs do. They’ve had very few drops. We’re doing some things this spring to get them more involved in the pass game because all those guys that are playing can do that. So, I’m pleased with those.

“Pass protection wise, technique wise we’re good. We have a few technique errors, and some of that is because our defense is doing a lot as far as blitz. But I’m pleased overall with them in the pass game, from catching and blocking.”

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3 comments

  1. Larry Pup

    I look for Jo Jo and Josh to have a great year. I am anxious to see what Horton and Heard can do. UK seems to have a stable of good RB’s. Brown has not heaped a whole lot of praise so far on UK receivers, which is troubling somewhat. Now UK has a bunch hurt. Hope they can be ready for the spring finale.

  2. Tj Wren

    What is the 411 on Braylon Heard. Nebraska is known for Running Backs and he was a very high rated recruit coming out of high school. He is also a 4 year Jr. So he should be in his prime for college football.I know JoJo is a beast. I know Clemons can be when hes healthy. Horton needs to redshirt and work on his agility and we have Boom coming in. So we are in very good shape at Running Back. I still wanna hear about Heard. He had a great YPC average at Nebraska and all they do is run the football so the defense knew it was coming. Im also anxious to see who is the top 3 receivers this year my guess is…Ryan Timmons Javess Blue and my long shot is Alex Montgomery people don’t talk about Alex but before he got hurt he looked like the best outside receiver out of all of the freshman. He also has nice size and speed. If he can recover from his knee injury and get back to form he is going to be a special player.Jeff Badet is as well. Tv Williams and Blake Bone are gonna be very good as well.

    1. Love SEC F-Ball

      Wow – You just mentioned 10 or 11 potentially exciting players.
      Be patient people the battleship is turning.
      These coaches will get the job done.
      Get behind these kids and show up on Saturday!

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