My big takeaway from last night’s victory over Eastern Michigan is one man: Kavosiey Smoke. After a big game last Saturday, he showed why it wasn’t a fluke. He is here to stay and let me tell you, he has a monstrous talent.
For the second straight game in this young Kentucky football season, Smoke was smokin’ the defense, as he lead the Cats in rushing with 92 yards on just 11 carries, including a 32-yard TD. That marked his second 30+ yard touchdown run of the season.
And those are just the official stats; Smoke also produce another big TD run for 21 yards, but that one was taken away over a holding penalty.
Smoke’s performance was one of the highlights of the night, but the young Wildcat says he can’t take all of the credit.
“My O-line, my tight ends and my team blocked for me, and I give them all the respect and attention to that,” Smoke said after the game.
Two things that Smoke showed off last night were his explosion off the line and his confidence.
First, Smoke’s explosion was on another level. Every time he exploded, it was coming after a patient read of the defense. Last night, Smoke looked like he was picking his holes, and he simply knew where to run. This is something Benny Snell worked on the most throughout his time at UK, and I guess it rubbed off on Smoke too. The more patient he is with the ball, the more highlights the BBN is going to see this year. Saturday’s game was a stepping stone for Smoke, as he already setting himself up to become the next great back at UK.
His confidence seemed to be the next best thing out there, as well. He showed what a leader he’s going to be as he continues to grow throughout this season. When Terry went down late in the second half, the offense didn’t miss a beat. Smoke was a big part of that, and he knows his transformation from freshman year to now is one of the main reasons why.
“They got confidence in me, and I gained that last year to now,” Smoke said. “I feel like they got more confident in me throughout the season last year.”
Let me quote Demi Lovato and say: “Hey, what’s wrong with being confident?”
Expect a big coming out party for Smoke against Florida. Next Saturday will be a huge game for this season for the Cats, as the first SEC game this season and possibly the first game without Terry Wilson leading the offense.
Lastly, I am all for playing “Smoke on the Water” after his touchdowns. Let’s make it this year’s Benny and The Jets!