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Kentucky could add a Running back in the 2018 Recruiting Class

The Wetumpka Herald

Bryant Koback’s unexpected departure from the Kentucky football team has put the UK coaches in a pickle.  With Sihiem King and (likely) Benny Snell playing in their final season in 2018, it leaves just two running backs on the roster, A.J. Rose and incoming freshman Chris Rodriguez.

Kavosiey Smoke could solve the problem.

A three-star uncommitted 2018 athlete from Wetumpka, Alabama, Smoke is one of a handful of targets Kentucky will pursue in the final month of the football recruiting season.

Smoke first received an offer from Kentucky in June, a month before Rodriguez committed to Kentucky.  The conversations cooled down, but after Koback’s departure, that will likely change once the dead period ends on January 11.  Smoke is also considering Auburn, South Carolina, Florida, Virginia Tech and Miss. State among others.

Even after you watch his highlights, I think we can all agree Smoke’s greatest asset is his last name.

If the Cats can’t get (a) Smoke, the depth at running back can be solved in other ways.  I believe Lynn Bowden would be perfectly happy to transition into a role that puts the ball in his hands as much as possible.

Article written by Nick Roush

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22 responses to “Kentucky could add a Running back in the 2018 Recruiting Class”

  1. Alleykat16

    We will need to get a back or 2 in this class coming in for sure with our only back from this year transferring this coaching staff will come up with someone I’m sure


    Sign him up! Big, physical downhill runner, plus someone who can relieve Benny if we have to get tough 3rd down yards and if we do the wildcat again. That one defender in the highlight got baptized as he ran him over for a TD. That’s what we need.

  3. Ben27

    Quit saying this is Snell’s last year! If the running backs can stay at Georgia and Alabama for four years, then it is ridiculous to think that Benny should go after three years. I do not care how good he is or how many records he sets. You are making it so he almost has to leave and that is on you, Nick and everyone one else who is pushing him to go. Let Benny enjoy his junior year and then make a decision.

    1. Alex90

      They really don’t realize that the players see and hear this stuff that KSR says. Not criticizing just an observation.

    2. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

      Calm down. I’m sure Benny won’t be asking MJ and co. if he should go.

    3. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

      Look at Auburn. They just had 2 RBs to go pro early, and 1 of them (Kam Pettway) only ran for 300 yards because of injuries. Gus will prolly put the full court press on this kid if he hasn’t already.

    4. kyle heavy

      What, other than physicality, do you see in Benny Snell’s arsenal right now that would make him a candidate to go pro early? Everyone has physicality in the NFL. They also have speed and quickness–something Benny will have to work on. Also, how many times have you seen him catch out of the backfield? He’s a GREAT college player who is a one-trick pony right now. Not saying he can’t work on some things in the off-season, but I do not see his game translating well to the NFL, at this point in his career.

    5. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

      You may be right on all counts, but RBs typically have short shelf lives in the NFL, especially those who play like Benny, and that sometimes plays into their decision to go early or not. One Auburn beat writer said on the radio that this played into Kerryon Johnson’s decision.

      Anyway, my main point was that I’m sure Benny will seek counsel in order to make the right move, and that counsel will be NFL scouts, etc., not KSR bloggers.

    6. Peas and Carrots

      It’s Snells last year. That’s not being negative, he’s a pro. Enjoy it while you got it.

    7. CombatMedic_98

      Well he reminds me of Superstud Lynn Bowden…sadly underutilized this season and Inhooe they don’t use this guy as a backup cheerleader or something…their personnel mindset is questionable at QB/WR/RB/LB…I will stop there. They need to watch UG Bulldogs and run their team like K Smart did. Three Running Backs, Rotate wise receivers, run the WILDCAT (didn’t see it once in the Music City Bowl), etc.

    8. CombatMedic_98

      No we’ll put in Benny Snell and run him till he carry’s 11 dudes in the end zone…or Johnson runs it in. We need to be TD threat at WR/ RB/ & QB every time they touch the ball…balanced and deep. We didn’t show that this year.

  4. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

    Not far from where I live, and not far from where Mac-O-Matic played HS. Me likey!

  5. Screech

    Love the name

  6. maximumscott

    I think Bowden at RB would be a better option to Benny.

    1. Rembrandt

      Bowden should stay at WR, where he will be a star. They can sign another RB in February.

  7. KatsKlaws

    Since he arrived, I have heard Bowden’s name mentioned for kick returner, wide receiver, quarterback, safety, punter and now running back. I have never seen so much hype for a player who really hasn’t done anything except complain about how he doesn’t play.

    1. ClutchCargo

      Why not at least consider him at long snapper and/or holder for kicks?

    2. CombatMedic_98

      Don’t forget cheerleader…and they put Drew Barker in at QB in the Bowl Game!!! Are you serious…threw to the receivers scared to death! Missed a 25 yard pass not even on the angle to the receiver! It was embarrassing. They are lucky Hoak, Wood, and Clark don’t leave the team also.

  8. kycats13

    How about we move Kash Daniel to running back / full back? It looks like he will never become a regular at linebacker. He is an athletic guy that has shown he can run the ball.

    1. CombatMedic_98

      He needs to loose his baby fat first and get thinned out and he goes down too easy…nuff said

  9. CombatMedic_98

    Highly mismanaged team!

  10. CombatMedic_98

    Great job this year…but pour management and it’s hard coaching any team when too many people have a say so and in the decision making chain!