Kentucky’s two-headed rushing attack was cut in half with the departure of Stanley “Boom” Williams, but it looks like the Wildcats are pretty confident they have a replacement.
Williams and Benny Snell both rushed for 1,000 yards last season, becoming just the seventh tandem in SEC history to hit that mark in the same year. That leaves some big shoes to fill, but offensive coordinator Eddie Gran likes what he sees from junior Sihiem King.
“There’s no doubt about that right now,” Gran said after Tuesday’s practice, according to Kentucky Sports Radio. “He’s No. 2.”
Williams ran for 1,170 yards and 7 TDs in his final campaign in Lexington, but he wasn’t selected in the 2017 NFL Draft. However, the Denver Broncos picked him up off waivers from the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday.
Snell believes that King is motivated to pick up the slack based on what he’s seen this offseason.
“I’ve seen him be more focused,” Snell said. “He’s asking a lot more questions. He’s just giving that fourth effort, that fourth effort at the end of runs, just bursting, doing the extra things. It’s been noticed. I’ve seen it myself. I’m glad.”
The 5-foot-9, 172-pound King, a 3-star prospect from Colquitt, Ga., only had 11 carries last season, six of those coming at Tennessee for 75 yards and a touchdown on Nov. 12.
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