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Sihiem King is Kentucky’s No. 2 Running Back

Mark Zerof

Mark Zerof

This fall Benny Snell’s righthand man will be Sihiem King.  “There’s no doubt about that right now, he’s No. 2,” Eddie Gran said following today’s practice, the final practice before school starts tomorrow to end preseason training camp.

King, a former three-star prospect from Colquitt County, Georgia, will bring the speed out of the backfield to accompany Snell’s power.  King will be tasked to fill the void left by Boom Williams who rushed for 1,170 yards in 2016.  Snell believes King is up for the challenge.

“I’ve seen him be more focused,” Snell said.  “He’s asking a lot more questions.  He’s just giving that fourth effort, that fourth effort at the end of runs, just bursting, doing the extra things.  It’s been noticed.  I’ve seen it myself.  I’m glad.”

A redshirt junior, in his career King has accounted for 208 rushing yards on 22 carries (9.45 yards per carry) and two touchdowns.  He’s caught 7 passes for 20 yards and also played a role as returner in special teams.

King showed promise last year at Tennessee.  Even though the Vols had a significant lead, King continued to play hard.  In one drive he accounted for 75 yards in just 6 attempts, and finished it with this impressive touchdown.

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4 Comments for Sihiem King is Kentucky’s No. 2 Running Back



  1. highway119
    1:29 pm August 22, 2017 Permalink

    I am glad to hear that. It sounded earlier this offseason like he was going to be an afterthought, lost in the shuffle behind Rose and Koback. I have been a fan of his running the spring games, and the hustle/effort play to score against Tennessee. While somewhat small, he falls forward and doesn’t let the first guy to hit him take him down. He reminds me of Coshik Williams, who I also was a big fan of: smaller body, bigger heart. Good luck to King.



  2. Sentient Third Eye
    1:45 pm August 22, 2017 Permalink

    King brings to the table the same thing Boom did last year. He’s an explosive complement to Snell’s meat-and-potatoes rushing. Since he’s more of a true speed guy, he may be even more of a true complement than Boom was.

    BTW….notice the posts have largely dried up since the change to the KSR site. I guess that was the intended purpose of adding all that harassing clutter, yes? Well, you’ve largely killed all the posts by fans, so nice work.



  3. luke_emberton
    2:48 pm August 22, 2017 Permalink

    I said the whole time there shouldn’t be any competition you give it to the older guy who plays like Boom it’s that simple



  4. adamdw05
    3:22 pm August 22, 2017 Permalink

    King is faster than Rose, and more mature. I hope we keep him on as a kick returner. We haven’t really had speed like that since Derrick Locke. He’s shown more consistency than Williams did also. I’m excited for his next 2 years with us. Hopefully this decision doesn’t drive Rose to transfer. He’s got a great future here as well and if he’s patient he may be a special player.