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UK’s Backfield Is Built For Success

With Mikel Horton’s announcement yesterday that he intends to come play his football at Kentucky you can’t help but get excited about the future of our offense. The running back position was one of the strong points coming into this season but next year it’s going to be just ridiculously stacked. Here’s the kind of depth we’re looking at.

The Here and Now:

Josh Clemons: Junior

After redshirting last year to rehab his knee injury it appears that Clemons is back and ready to run. Who can forget all the big runs Clemons had as a freshman before he got hurt and not be excited about this guy’s future. Clemons looked pretty good in the Spring Game where he rushed for 56 yards on 10 carries. After a year of sharing runs with Johnathan George this coming year I’d expect Clemons to be the main man next year, if not already.

Dyshawn Mobley: Junior

Dyshawn had a pretty solid freshman year last season as he was called to step up in his first year on campus. He played in all 12 games and will be a solid option going forward. In the Spring Game he totaled 80 yards to lead all rushers and averaged 5.3 per carry. Factor in the SEC experience he is going to gain during this year and you have an excellent duo of running backs coming into next year. Those two guys would be good on their own but we’re just getting started.

The Future:

Braylon Heard: Junior

Two weeks ago Heard made the announcement that he would be leaving Nebraska to play for Coach Stoops. The native of Youngstown, OH is expected to make an immediate impact next season and could possibly earn that top spot on the depth chart. Heard will be the highest rated running back coming out of high school to ever play at Kentucky and while he didn’t set the world on fire at Nebraska he still had good numbers. The transfer is another major reason to see the backfield being built for long-term success.

The Other Guys:

So not only will we have those three guys going forward but we’re also have redshirt freshman Justin Taylor. Taylor if you recall was once committed to this little school called Alabama and I hear they know a thing or two about this football game. Taylor gained 11 yards on 4 carries in the spring game and should pick up some runs this season to gain a little experience. All that to go with four-star Mikel Horton who was told he was the “perfect fit” for Neal Brown’s new offense. It’s hard to not be excited about the future of the Kentucky football program.


Look I know it’s ridiculous to be looking at the depth of the 2014 running back position. We still have a year of football to play right now. But I think looking at that position you can see what Mark Stoops is trying to pull off here at Kentucky. In past years maybe we were good enough at the top of the depth chart to be competitive with the big boys of the SEC but beyond that top guy we quickly fell off and had no real option. Stoops is starting to change that and its exciting. The backfield is slowly being built for success and the future is bright at Kentucky. Like Horton said to “”I believe that UK is going to be like the U of Miami, where they weren’t that good and then you gather everybody around the district and they all made it to the national championship and performed well. That’s what we’re trying to do at UK.” One can always dream.


Article written by Andrew Cassady

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34 Comments for UK’s Backfield Is Built For Success

  1. JoJo Kemp
    2:38 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    What about me?

  2. Justin Taylor asks
    2:46 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    Am I still here?

  3. ClemonsisaRSSoph
    2:50 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    Clemons is a RS Soph, not a Junior btw.

  4. Confused
    2:51 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    Can Heard play this year?

  5. ClemonsisaRSSoph
    2:52 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    ^nevermind – i cant read

  6. Bottom Line
    2:52 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    Will we beat uofl this year?

  7. jaunita broadrick
    2:53 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    Mobley is true soph.

  8. Jon Lock
    2:56 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    7) I was thinking the same thing, but then I realized he was listing their 2014 years. Andrew should have made that more clear, maybe put something in the title about that.

  9. gog8ors
    2:57 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    I know UK is excited about their new football coach but let’s be realistic, UK is never going to be at the top of the SEC in football. Basketball yes, football no, just isn’t going to happen. Florida is the only school that can put both a top caliber basketball and football team out on a regular basis, at least in the SEC. Win a national championship in both sports and then let’s talk. Go Gators!

  10. Jacob Brooks
    2:59 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    Next year RBs will be

    Josh Clemons RS Jr.
    Dyshawn Mobely Jr.
    Braylon Heard RS Jr.
    Justin Taylor RS So.
    Jojo Kemp So.
    Mikel Horton Fr.

  11. flaget55
    3:01 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    Don’t forget Jo Jo White.

  12. flaget55
    3:01 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    Oops. I meant Jo Jo Kemp

  13. tdogg40330
    3:07 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    12) I guess him and Timmons are gonna be listed in the slot. They’re gonna
    have a lot of playmakers though … GO CATS !!

  14. Terry Blue
    3:10 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t think Justin Taylor is still with the program

  15. the Big Dog
    3:12 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    This was written in a very confusing manner. And why should we care about 2014 when we have 4 months until next season starts?

  16. kentucky #1
    3:17 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    i thought there was some one choseing at 3

  17. What?
    3:22 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    #9-Why don’t you “absent” yourself from this board for awhile? Your sugar bowl performance was deplorable. Your team played like they didn’t even care. Perhaps you should come back after they have a successful year from start to finish…

  18. gog8ors
    3:23 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    D.J. committing to UK shouldn’t be a surprise, I’ve been telling you guys this for weeks. Wiggins will go to Florida State, Randle to Texas, Gordon to Arizona. Florida won’t be adding any other recruits to next season’s class of Walker and Hill. Patric Young could return for his senior season and with the addition of the transfers sitting out this season, Finney-Smith and Harris, the Gators will be in solid shape anyway. Congrats to UK for another outstanding recruiting class and looking forward to the Florida/UK battles in the seasons to come.

    Let’s see, how many of those did i miss? My credibility here is at zero. Perhaps i should go back to the swamp, instead of posting endlessly on a rival site that is just about to catch up with my sad, tired, program.

  19. Sucks
    3:35 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    This was a horrible post. Disorganized, confusing, and pointless. Way to go weekend KSR writer!

  20. Strong
    3:38 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    Cards by 24 over uk this year.

  21. gog8ors
    3:44 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    18- I know you must be a fan of mine but you really should get your own sign-in name instead of acting as though you are me. Kinda creepy copying others and shows lack of intelligence and imagination. No doubt you are a UK fan.

  22. Confused
    3:47 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    Did I miss something but where is Raymond Sanders? All I have heard all spring is he has looked the most impressive of all the backs.

  23. Brad's mom
    3:58 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    21. forgive me for being so blunt, but i think it’s kinda creepy for you to be posting on a UK site. I mean, really, think about it. I haven’t even been on here that long, and this is certainly not the first time i’ve seen you on here. This is a UK site. No wonder they make fun of you. I would suggest if you don’t like it, it would be pretty easy for you to just not post on here. Most rivals/trolls just come here to stir the pot. You do it too, then wonder why you get made fun of. Seems to me, that’s what you come here for. You want to come here, then you better thicken your skin, child.

  24. Lol
    4:04 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    Gog8tors, if you call your football and basketball teams “top caliber” well then I feel sorry for you. Your basketball team will be pretty good this coming year, but still a level or 2 below UK. Your football team is on the decline with muschamp. UK owns SEC in basketball, Bama owns SEC in football. You guys own the SEC in swimming…I guess.

  25. guano
    4:16 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    23. That makes too much sense for gog8tors to even begin to understand it. He lacked attention as a child, and/or he was dropped on his head. Even though i completely agree with you, he can’t stay away. he just wants to be a part of something bigger than his pathetic program. The only time there is a decent crowd at a basketball game in g-ville is when they play us. Their football program is dropping like a rock since tebow left, and he just can’t stand for another team to be headed upward, while his becomes stagnant.
    Go Cats!

    24. I agree, but i think their strong point is archery, or bass fishing.

  26. finally
    4:17 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    What about Khalid Thomas? also, some seem to forget that Ryan Timmons really wants to play RB as well and was promised to get some time there as well as at WR.

  27. jeremy
    4:25 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    Two things:

    1) about how good we are going to be in the following year…I’ve heard that a zillion times before.

    2) show us on the field, until then all this KSR hype is just that. Means nothing

  28. Beatle Bum
    4:44 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    Kemp and Thomas will be true frosh this year, unless Thomas is moved to the defense. Sanders and Clemmons and Mobley and George will share reps this year.

  29. Beatle Bum
    4:46 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    For four years we heard the hype about UL, then Strong won a couple of games. We will see a difference at UK this year, but next year will be the year people are surprised.

  30. Finally
    5:19 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    29, Thats true for this year but the article above is written for next year (2014) which is when Heard will be eligible and explains why there is no mention on Jon George or Raymond Sanders. Mikel Horton will be a true freshman and by then Jojo Kemp, Ryan Timmons, and Khalid Thomas will likely be sophmores as I expect them to see the field this year as true freshman. Just wondering why the article failed to mention any of the three.

  31. Big Baller
    6:06 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    This was a poorly written article. Lots of running backs were left out and it is still TBD how much the injury will affect Joch. Plus–is Justin Taylor on firm footing with the team to the point that he should be counted on?

  32. Unit to the G
    6:10 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    There are so many errors in this story it’s comical…. And I love the omission of Jojo Kemp who has the athleticism to contend for SEC freshman of the year.

  33. Football UK
    6:15 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    Matt Jones—Who is this guy writing football stories for your site? I know Rob Gidel is gone to law school but jeesee…I would rather have the Truth breaking it down for us.

  34. UK
    10:24 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    Not sure how you leave off Jo Jo Kemp. Good chance he is at least splitting reps with Clemons/Sanders for number 1 back.