Tag Archive: JoJo Kemp

No bowl pressure but Cats won’t lose focus on Cards

Jojo Kemp (3) knows he is going bowling this year. (Photo by Elliott Hess | UK Athletics)
Jojo Kemp (3) knows he is going bowling this year. (Photo by Elliott Hess | UK Athletics)

Jojo Kemp (3) knows he is going bowling this year. (Photo by Elliott Hess | UK Athletics)

By LARRY VAUGHT

The pressure to get bowl eligible is off Kentucky, but freshman running back Benny Snell that should not change anything about Saturday’s game at Louisville.

“I’m going to say it’s a regular week. You know a little bit of the pressure is off but we’re going against a really good team and we’ve been playing a bunch of really good teams earlier in the season. You have to prepare for them. That’s all I can really say,” Snell said after Saturday’s win over Austin Peay.

Dominant line leads to huge games for Williams, Snell

Benny Snell (26) ran for 192 yards Saturday. (Vicky Graff Photo)
Benny Snell (26) ran for 192 yards Saturday. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Benny Snell (26) ran for 192 yards Saturday. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

After running for 192 yards and two touchdowns to move him ahead of Randall Cobb on Kentucky’s all-time rushing touchdown list for freshmen, Benny Snell knew who to credit for his performance in Saturday’s 35-21 win over Missouri.

Snell said the “made the most” of UK’s dominant offensive  line play.

“Those guys are great. Guys are down on the sideline and the line is yelling, getting us hype and I’m just grateful for the line we got,” Snell said. 
“Without a doubt there is way more we can get better on. Way more we can do in the future. Were going to get our rest and Monday we will prepare for the next team.”

Kemp, Young will play; Toth iron horse of line

JoJo Kemp. (Vicky Graff Photo)

JoJo Kemp. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

I had two things I wanted to ask Kentucky coach Mark Stoops on today’s Southeastern Conference coaches’ teleconference.

First, running back JoJo Kemp had his left hand in a cast when last week’s game ended against Mississippi State and offensive tackle Landon Young had his ankle taped after spraining it during the game.

Would one or both play Saturday at Missouri?

“Yes,” said Stoops.

That was it.  Not sure if they will be 100 percent, but they will play and that’s good news.

Eddie Gran on JoJo Kemp: “He really wants to do everything right.”

JoJo Kemp (3)
JoJo Kemp (3)

JoJo Kemp (3)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Just a few weeks ago Kentucky offensive coordinator Eddie Gran worried about running back JoJo Kemp’s focus.

Going into Saturday’s season opening game, Gran has changed his tune a bit.

“He’s really trying. He probably has been the most consistent back throughout this camp. He’s doing everything that we’re asking him to do, and he’s understanding when to turn it on and turn it off, and that’s what I asked him to do and he did it,” Gran said.

Kemp and Boom Williams are UK’s top two returning backs. Williams is faster and more explosive.

JoJo Kemp knows Florida win streak needs to end

JoJo Kemp talks to media members, including Samantha Stallings. (Vicky Graff Photo)
JoJo Kemp talks to media members, including Samantha Stallings. (Vicky Graff Photo)

JoJo Kemp talks to media members, including Samantha Stallings. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By SAMANTHA STALLINGS, Contributing Writer

When you think of this crop of Kentucky football seniors one in particular rises to the top of mind leading into the 2016-2017 season, the one and only Jojo Kemp. Kemp tops my list! Kemp ranked second on the team in carries (98) and rushing yards (555) last season, tying with Boom Williams for the team lead with six TD rushes.

Kemp still trying to learn Gran’s personality

JoJo Kemp. (Vicky Graff Photo)
JoJo Kemp (Vicky Graff Photo)

JoJo Kemp (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Senior running back JoJo Kemp wants to be a leader and has been a leader for Kentucky’s football team. But offensive coordinator Eddie Gran still is not sure the two are always on the same page because of Kemp’s playful personality.

“Evolution is interesting with Jojo because he’s got to learn – you’ve got to know when to turn it on and turn it off in terms of when you’re going to have fun. Jojo, as you know, he likes to have fun and laugh,” Gran said.

JoJo Kemp knows about cooking

JoJo Kemp (Vicky Graff Photo)
JoJo Kemp (Vicky Graff Photo)

JoJo Kemp (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

There’s a lot of things to like about Kentucky senior running back JoJo Kemp from his personality to his aggressive play to his confidence in himself and his team.

But did you know he has another talent that teammates also real like — cooking.

“I do like cooking. That just came about growing up. I am the oldest with a little brother and sister,” said Kemp. “My step-dad was a good cook and so were my mom and grandmother.

Eddie Gran never has to say “giddy up” to JoJo Kemp

JoJo Kemp's smile and personality won me over immediately.
JoJo Kemp's smile and personality won me over immediately.

JoJo Kemp’s smile and personality won me over immediately.

By LARRY VAUGHT

There’s not a Kentucky football player I have enjoyed being around more in recent years than JoJo Kemp.

It started the first time I talked to him on the phone when I learned UK was recruiting the Florida running back. It has continued during his time at UK.

He’s brash, but honest. He’s caring. He’s outgoing. He gives an honest answer to any question.

I know he’s been frustrated at times the last two years that he has not got the ball more. Yet he has never publicly complained or pouted.