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.