Benny Snell received 32 carries and played 70 snaps against South Carolina. He insists it doesn’t matter, “20 carries, 10 carries, 30 carries, it all feels the same way the next day. The more the merrier.” Even so, Eddie Gran doesn’t want to exhaust his featured running back.
Fans are asking when and where they’ll see Kentucky’s third running back, but Gran just wants to get No. 2 more involved. Sihiem King had just two carries for 15 yards against South Carolina. On two occasions, the Cats were backed up deep and needed Snell’s power to get more cushion.
“Those are a couple series I should’ve put him in and I told him that,” Gran said. “I think for the remainder of the season, 70 snaps is too much [for Benny]. You’ll see Sihiem more whether we create something or we just get him more touches.”
On two third downs they did create something for Sihiem and he took advantage of the opportunity.
“Sihiem can create some big plays and he did,” Mark Stoops said yesterday. “The third-down catch he made was a fantastic play – two third downs, actually – and then on the sweep, he made a great run. Sihiem’s doing some good things. He’s going to get some more opportunities. He’ll definitely be a guy we’ve got to get involved more.”
The two third down passes King caught went for first downs and totaled 18 yards.
“It felt good to get into space and do what I can do,” King said. “It feels good. I’ll do anything to help my team out. I was excited. We converted on that third down and it was a scoring drive.”
King played sparingly entering this season. It took him some time to get comfortable as a part of the regular rotation, but after three games, he’s confident that whenever his number is called, he’ll make the play.
“It’s starting to feel natural to me. It’s starting to come to me. It’s starting to be sort of like a reality to me now.” King added, “I just do what I can do to help the team. Every time I get it I try to make a play. Every time I touch it, I want to make a play.”