With a new offensive coordinator in Eddie Gran and relatively green quarterback in Drew Barker, there are a lot of unknowns on UK’s offense headed into next season, but one constant is Boom Williams. The rising junior running back led UK in rushing last season with 855 yards and six touchdowns on 121 attempts, a resume so impressive that Gridiron Now’s Mike Huguenin named him one of the ten most explosive players in the SEC:
7. KENTUCKY RB STANLEY “BOOM” WILLIAMS
The skinny: Hey, the guy is nicknamed “Boom,” which should tell you something. He led the SEC by averaging 7.1 yards per carry, which was sixth nationally among players with at least 100 carries. He had 14 carries of at least 20 yards, six of at least 30, four of at least 50 and three of at least 60. Maybe the revamped UK offensive coaching staff will get him more than 12 carries a game this season.
The rest of the top ten, in order: LSU RB Leonard Fournette, Texas A&M DE Myles Garrett, Alabama WR Calvin Ridley, Missouri DE Charles Harris, Florida WR Antonio Callaway, Ole Miss DE Marquis Haynes, Texas A&M WR Christian Kirk, Tennessee safety Evan Berry, and LSU WR Malachi Dupre.
Not bad company to be in. Let’s celebrate by watching Boom’s season opening touchdown, because that’s as American as it gets: