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JoJo Kemp is your new #1 running back in the Week 5 Depth Chart

Some observations:

  • The first and most important: after a big performance against Missouri, JoJo Kemp is now listed as the starting running back, taking over Boom Williams’ spot.
  • Major shakeups on the offensive line:
    • Cole Mosier is ahead of Jordan Swindle at left tackle after Swindle left the game with a groin injury
    • Sophomore Nick Haynes has taken the left guard starting spot from senior Zach West
    • Sophomore Kyle Meadows is listed as the starter at right tackle over freshman George Asafo-Adjei

We’ll hear more from Mark Stoops at noon.

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36 Comments for JoJo Kemp is your new #1 running back in the Week 5 Depth Chart

  1. The Rest of the story
    11:15 am September 28, 2015 Permalink

    Jojo runs so hard and strong and deserves the starting spot.

  2. newguy
    11:20 am September 28, 2015 Permalink

    Boom had a bad game. He looked a little frustrated. . He seems like the type of kid who works hard.. he knows he has to block in order to get his spot back

  3. C-Czar
    11:23 am September 28, 2015 Permalink

    Regie Meant missing from the depth chart again. How severe is his injury?

    • DACats86
      11:26 am September 28, 2015 Permalink

      Can’t put them on depth chart until they are medically cleared. Stoops doesn’t decide that.

  4. Towles' Man Bun
    11:26 am September 28, 2015 Permalink

    Not questioning the decision, as on-field performance would dictate a bump up for Boom in most people’s minds. That said, why doesn’t this same line of thinking apply to the QB position? Yes, Towles played great against Mizzou, but if Boom gets bumped for a bad game, why didn’t Towles get the bump for his pre-Mizzou outings?

    Not hating on Towles and glad to see him in-form, just curious about the application of their depth chart rulings…

    • Towles' Man Bun
      11:26 am September 28, 2015 Permalink

      *I meant bump for JoJo, vice Boom.

    • Common Sense
      11:29 am September 28, 2015 Permalink

      Because the coaches take everything into consideration and know much more about Barker than we do and clearly think he isn’t the man for the job now. There isn’t a lot of drop-off with Boom/JoJo. Apparently there must be a lot of drop-off between Towles and Barker.

    • Towles' Man Bun
      11:42 am September 28, 2015 Permalink

      I would agree with you, other than that’s not at all what the coaches said at any point in the preseason, nor did any of the beat reporters give that indication. In fact, they said that the margin was “razor thin” between the two with many accounts of Barker moving the offense better than Towles’ unit.

      I tend to think it’s often a coaching crutch to err on the side of experience for a quarterback, when you give other skill position players opportunities as underclassmen. No matter how practices go (or went), the coaches literally have no idea what they have in Barker as an in-game QB, because they haven’t tried it. He could be amazing in the game, but they don’t know. Conversely, Towles is apparently a great practice QB yet only has one good game to show for it so far.

      But again, glad Towles seems to have his mojo back and hope it continues!

    • matt
      11:42 am September 28, 2015 Permalink

      QB is different than any other position on the field. Boom and Jo Jo already get a similar amount of snaps in games, so it really doesn’t matter who is listed as “starter”. Also, starting a different running back doesn’t have as big an impact on the game as starting a different QB. The backup RB probably isn’t going to get rattled and throw a pick 6. The QB handles the ball on EVERY possession, you can’t just switch them in and out without risk.

    • ukjaybrat
      11:48 am September 28, 2015 Permalink

      Different position different thinking. Running backs get the start but trade in and out every few plays anyway.

      Also, the running back is more plug and play, which is why they can go in and out quicker than a quarterback who has to LEAD the team and have well practiced “timing” with linemen, receivers, and his backs. You keep switching QBs in and out and you end up with the same frustrating problems that Louisville suffered with in the first few weeks.

      If you have 2 QBs, you have none. If your quarterback is playing well enough to win (or almost win) games, then you HAVE to stick with him.

  5. first time commenter
    11:27 am September 28, 2015 Permalink

    How can Ryan Timmons still be our best option for punt returns? Give someone else a try.

    • dubowski
      11:41 am September 28, 2015 Permalink

      Timmons is supposedly very elusive with the ball in his hands. The problem is it would appear that he doesnt have any hands.

    • The Rest of the story
      11:48 am September 28, 2015 Permalink

      Timmons needs to be replaced for returning kicks of any kind. Let King do that with his speed and size would make him hard to get.

    • john wall
      2:07 pm September 28, 2015 Permalink

      WHY WOULD HE FAIRCATCH A BALL ON THE 2 YARD LINE! he’s playing nervous and its going to cost us at some point

    • 8 god
      2:48 pm September 28, 2015 Permalink

      This is why Rimmons is back there:

      Missouri had an unusually good game in punt coverage. That’s all.

  6. Greginky
    11:43 am September 28, 2015 Permalink

    Why isn’t Eli Brown listed? Is it because he was being considered for a redshirt?

    • @BallBlog_Chad
      1:05 pm September 28, 2015 Permalink

      they are still considering him for that … especially since Flannigan is back and there haven’t really been many injuries (Nico was a little banged up, but should be back soon if he didn’t play against Mizz)

  7. My Opinion
    11:47 am September 28, 2015 Permalink

    Boom ran off the field mad after the game. Didn’t celebrate or shake one hand. He ran off as the crew tried to lower the goalposts and was clearly pissed off. This depth chart development is likely a combo of Jojo playing better and Boom’s attitude (which was a result of him missing a key block and getting yanked). Could be similar to the situation last year where Jojo seemed like a viable option at RB but couldn’t get on the field.

    Clearly Barker is nowhere near as capable as Pat right now in the eyes of the staff. As Matt said on air, that race was never close and the job is Towles’ as long as nothing extremely drastic happens.

    Completely agree on Timmons. Hell, his coaches from high school said he couldn’t even catch a punt then. He makes me hold my breath every time the other team punts. I would use that as another opportunity to get Juice the ball if he is capable of catching it but there’s a reason I’m not the coach.

    • inside info2
      1:51 pm September 28, 2015 Permalink

      When did Matt say the race for QB was never close? If my memory serves me correct, this site mentioned that it was close multiple times. Did I believe that? No. But the site posted several times that it was.

  8. glenn
    11:47 am September 28, 2015 Permalink

    Seems that Elam is playing less. I wonder if he has the proper mentality to be a top player. he says the right things but he doesn’t come across as highly motivated. Any insiight from the experts?

    • The Rest of the story
      11:51 am September 28, 2015 Permalink

      Elam was recruited for his potential and size. He obviously has no motor or drive to be successful as an SEC lineman. Needs to lose weight and gain strength or he is just another big guy bust.

    • glenn
      12:04 pm September 28, 2015 Permalink

      I’m afraid your right. I keep hearing that next year will be our year. That may be true for the offense but I don’t see the defense being better with the loss of so many important seniors.

  9. Poppschmidty
    11:54 am September 28, 2015 Permalink

    Well, my liver is still absent from this weekend’s tailgate…hopefully we’ll redshirt my liver this week too…#bourbonchuggingisbad

    • Poppsvanwinkle
      12:44 pm September 28, 2015 Permalink


  10. RICK
    11:54 am September 28, 2015 Permalink

    Boom has to block and Coach is telling him so today. He will be back and with a vengeance . Is Elam even playing ? Thanks for throwing to the tight end coach.

  11. glenn
    12:06 pm September 28, 2015 Permalink


    • Hamburgers
      12:21 pm September 28, 2015 Permalink

      No. Your.

      Your is possessive. You’re means you are. “You’re” makes no sense here.

    • glenn
      4:01 pm September 28, 2015 Permalink

      I was trying to correct MY your to you’re. just put it in the wrong place….

  12. Poppsvanwinkle
    12:45 pm September 28, 2015 Permalink

    I like the changes. If it’s not working, change it up. Use depth to motivate.

  13. Andy
    12:49 pm September 28, 2015 Permalink

    Let’s keep Jordan Swindle as 2nd string. Cole Mosier has more beef beef and ability. Jordan has not been good. Very average when playing against sec competition.

    • Badboy
      3:45 pm September 28, 2015 Permalink

      I agree. I’ve been watching him and he is too slow to pass block.

  14. Gunner#1
    1:00 pm September 28, 2015 Permalink

    If you base it solely from on-field performance Timmons would not be listed anywhere on the charts. I thought he was going to be a great pick up, THE guy, but he is timid & soft. Throw King in there and let him go to work on returns. We should not throw anywhere close to Timmons if the game is on the line, like we did in Florida, he is just a liability. We have more tools this year, looks like Stoops is going with what works, rather than keeping people happy. It’s better for the program. After years of the same old crap, let’s do what it takes to win. #ALLIN

  15. gobgblu37
    1:15 pm September 28, 2015 Permalink

    I think Boom’s demotion has to do with more his running style than anything else. Boom prefers to try and bump everything outside and out run people to the outside but that’s tough in the SEC because everyone is so fast. JoJo runs north and south and gets the tough yards that are needed in close games. Hopefully Boom gets the message and puts the team ahead of self.

  16. Dano
    1:32 pm September 28, 2015 Permalink

    The last time I recall seeing Boom on the field against MO, he was blown up on a run to the left that resulted in a loss. If I am not mistaken, Mr. False Start had just whiffed on a block, Boom got creamed and let Mr -5 know about it. I am also pretty sure he can run up the middle when the O Line gets around to creating a hole, gap, or any room. Stoops will sort it out, and Boom will have a big game on Saturday.

  17. bosshogg24
    3:32 pm September 28, 2015 Permalink

    Mosier got beat badly several times, he couldn’t move or keep a girl from getting to the Quarterback.

    • gobgblu37
      4:26 pm September 28, 2015 Permalink

      Really, that’s not what Stoops said.