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Eddie Gran wants to get Sihiem King more Involved

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.”

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

6 Comments for Eddie Gran wants to get Sihiem King more Involved

  1. foamfinger
    8:17 pm September 19, 2017 Permalink

    I really wish they would get him more involved. His speed and Snell’s power are such a gos combo.

  2. bosshogg24
    8:58 pm September 19, 2017 Permalink

    If only King had the right kind of coaches, they would run him on the outside, get him into open field and take advantage of his speed, use him on slants but Gran wants to run his 170 lb back between the tackles!

    • fairweather
      10:15 pm September 19, 2017 Permalink

      we won the game.

    • foamfinger
      10:18 pm September 19, 2017 Permalink

      You have to run him in the tackles so the defense doesn’t just automatically cheat and go to the outside. All OCs had the same issue with Boom not trying to take it up the middle, which probably didn’t help his draft stock, among other things. If you can’t show you can pound it up the gut, it only hurts the team.

  3. Cmart0907
    9:09 pm September 19, 2017 Permalink

    Put him in screen passes. Well screen passes where the wide reciever actually block. That way he will have space to operrate.

  4. adamdw05
    8:47 am September 20, 2017 Permalink

    People just don’t understand how fast he is. He may be the fastest guy we’ve had since Derrick Locke. People hype up Bowden as a return machine, but I’d be willing to bet that if UK gets a KO return touchdown this year, it’ll be in the hands of King, not Bowden