Last night, KSR broke the news that junior running back Mikel Horton is transferring from the program. The move wasn’t a surprise; Horton had only three carries for 12 yards this season and lost his spot as the team’s power back to freshman Benny Snell. On today’s SEC Coaches Teleconference, Mark Stoops was asked about Mikel’s transfer, and while he wished Mikel the best of luck, he admitted he saw it coming.
“It’s not an issue handling the loss. As you know, he’s only had a few carries this fall. Yeah, we did see it coming. It’s just one of this situations where, for whatever reason, he gets behind on the depth chart and has to earn the trust of the coaches and the players as he moves forward. He was starting to to that, and doing a better job and being more accountable, and then some other guys emerged.”
“You know, there’s only one football, and we’ve been playing pretty solid at the running back position and he had a hard time getting back on the field. We wish him the best of luck, but depth is certainly not an issue. We’ve got quite a few [running] backs on scholarship.”
According to Jen Smith, Horton is no longer with the team, but will finish out the semester at UK. Like Stoops, we also wish him the best of luck.