Yesterday we saw that ESPN had ranked Kentucky 10th in the SEC as far as Quarterbacks go. Understandable I suppose – Morgan Newton has a lot of talent, but still has a lot to prove, too. He certainly has the tools to move up in those ranks, so a low preseason rank isn’t too surprising.
They ranked the SEC running backs today though, and it was more of the same – nay, a little worse. Kentucky came in dead last as far as projected running games go – thanks in most part to the departure of Derrick Locke.
Here’s what they had to say:
12. Kentucky: Derrick Locke had been the heart and soul of the Wildcats’ running game the past couple of seasons, and now he’s gone. The good news is that sophomore Raymond Sanders was one of the Wildcats’ most-improved players in the spring and looks like he’s more than capable of being their go-to back. Several other younger guys are also waiting for their chance, including redshirt freshman Brandon Gainer, and the Kentucky coaches are extremely high on incoming freshmen Marcus Caffey and Josh Clemons.
It’s a surprisingly positive snippet for placing them last among the SEC schools, though, and they are right in a lot of ways. The running back stable is largely unknown at this point and while they certainly have promise, it’s hard to rank what you do not know.
Expect that ranking to go up in more than a few lockers for motivation this summer…