One of the questions the Big Blue Nation kept asking tonight was “Why didn’t JoJo Kemp play more?”. Before the game, Mark Stoops vowed that Kemp would get more playing time, and moved him to the top of the depth chart. Kemp finished with 3 carries for 19 yards. After the game, Mark Stoops was asked about it:
Q: Jojo’s (Kemp) first carry, 11 yards. Don’t see him again until the fourth quarter. What happened there?
COACH STOOPS: I’m not sure, to be honest with you. In the rotation there. We got guys coming and going so much, really didn’t pay attention to that until I get to the film.
Neal Brown wasn’t able to shed more light on the situation either, saying it was Running Backs Coach Chad Scott’s call and it may have been a ball security issue. Kemp had this to say after the game:
On if there is frustration not getting touches …
“I just stay upbeat as I can and I’m on the sidelines cheering on my team. That’s the type of guy I am. I’m not one of those guys that holds my head down. I’m going to keep fighting, keep giving my all and at practice. Whenever my number’s called, I’m just going to go out there and do my best.”
On if he was frustrated with not getting carries …
“I mean yeah, just a little bit. It’s part of the game. I still have faith in my coaches. So whenever I get a chance I’m going to make the best (of it).”