Kentucky OC optimistic about Wildcats' situation at RB amid injuries, suspensions
Kentucky’s running back corps will be quite shorthanded when it travels to Gainesville on Saturday to face Florida.
The Wildcats were already set to be without Chris Rodriguez as he has been suspended for an unspecified number of games. Then, on Tuesday, reports came out that backup Ramon Jefferson had torn his ACL and could be out for the remainder of the season.
That means Kavosiey Smoke will get most of the carries out of the Kentucky backfield. Redshirt freshman La’Vell Wright has been listed as his backup, while Mike Drennen Jr., Tennessee transfer Dee Beckwith, and true freshman Sean O’Horo are also on the roster.
“I have yet to be anywhere where I’ve gotten through a season without having [running] back injuries. It’s just the nature of the position, the physicality, what we ask guys to do,” offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello said on Tuesday. “You gotta be ready for it, next man up. And the cool thing is, we built a deep room for this reason. Recruiting-wise, what they’ve done here in the past [is bring] in an extra guy, and I think we can sustain it and we’re gonna just move forward, and next man up. And I’m excited for those guys. They’re playing good.”
"We built a deep room for this reason"
OC Rich Scangarello with an update on how he feels about Kentucky's current running back room ⬇ pic.twitter.com/8rTHVIJJrP
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