Over the past four years, it seems one player has stepped up during the Kentucky/Louisville game to push the Cats to victory. You can almost guess which year the game was played by the highlight. In 2007, it was Stevie Johnson, loose downfield with 39 seconds left in the game; in 2008, a brilliant game by the Kentucky defense was topped off by Myron Pryor’s rumbling, bumbling, stumbling “310 lbs. of glory” fumble recovery for a touchdown; in 2009, Derrick Locke ran up 310 all-purpose yards, including a thrilling 100-yard kickoff return TD; last year, Randall Cobb‘s 51-yard TD from the Wildcobb formation stands out as one of the many highlights, as do Derrick Locke’s two touchdowns.
Who will head the highlight reel this year? Here are some contenders:
So far, Clemons has rushed for 165 yards on 25 carries, including 2 touchdowns. His speed and power remind many of former Cat Artose Pinner…but even faster. With Raymond Sanders injured, Clemons will get all the time he wants on the field. And more. Let’s see if he can build on an impressive performance last week. If the offensive line can pull it together and give him some holes (having Matt Smith back will help), look for a big game from the talented freshman.
Morgan finally hit his stride last week, and his receivers even caught some balls. After seeing success running the ball, 14 times for 112 yards to be exact, coaches installed more running plays for him this week. If his receivers man up and decide to catch some passes tomorrow, Newton may finally get that big game he deserves.
Danny Trevathan has been a pure beast so far this season, leading the SEC in tackles. If anyone is going to buck the trend of offensive players being the star of the game, it’s Danny. This is his last Governor’s Cup and don’t think for a second that is lost on him: “We are practicing like it’s our last game. Every year we play Louisville, it’s going to be a swing game. We’re going to need that game every year. We want that Governor’s Cup.” And no, Joker says he will not return kicks even though Sanders will be out. We need him too much on defense.
Who will step up tomorrow?