Kentucky running back Derrick Locke came out of nowhere this year to contribute mightily to the Wildcat ground game, but still got the label of being a “track guy”. I guess this is why.
The freshman from Hugo, Okla. took his first outdoor collegiate meet by storm, setting both the UK freshman and school record with his long jump performance at the Sea Ray Relays in Knoxville. Locke’s jump of 25-3.25 easily passed the previous record of 25-1.25 held by Andrew Channer. It also eclipsed Channer’s freshman record of 25-0.
Already this year, Locke was named as the SEC Freshman Field Athlete of the Year in a vote of the conference’s coaches for the indoor season. Locke’s personal best of 25-5.25 at the SEC Indoor Championship was also UK’s best-ever indoor jump for a freshman and the second best long jump in the school’s history. It helped him place third overall in the event.
Locke also ran for 521 yards and 5 touchdowns as a backup running back for this year’s Music City Bowl winning team