Kentucky Wildcats: Running Game Will Be Strength in 2014

By Tim Letcher

While the jury is still out regarding the starting quarterback for the Kentucky Wildcats, one thing is clear – Kentucky appears to be loaded at running back.

In Saturday’s Blue-White scrimmage, four running backs showed flashes of what could be a formidable attack in 2014.

Jojo Kemp had perhaps the best game from the running back position. Kemp had 11 carries for 90 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught two passes for 41 yards.

Not to be outdone, Josh Clemons, who has missed the majority of the last two seasons with injury, proved that he is healthy. Clemons rushed 11 times for 93 yards and a score, showing great vision that he displayed as a freshman two years ago.

Early enrollee Mikel Horton also looked good, with 13 carries for 70 yards and a touchdown. Braylon Heard, a transfer from the Nebraska Cornhuskers, rushed seven times for 55 yards.

With this stable of running backs to lean on, head coach Mark Stoops and offensive coordinator Neal Brown can take their time in deciding on a starting quarterback. Even after a starter is named, it’s clear that the running game should be the strong suit of the offense in 2014.

It also appears that this group will be able to catch the ball out of the backfield, which will help the starting quarterback as well. Kemp and Horton both showed nice hands on receptions in Saturday’s scrimmage. And that could be very important to an offense that’s based on short throws and players making plays after the catch.

Kentucky’s running game appears to be set for 2014. Now the Wildcats need to find a quarterback.

Tim Letcher is a contributing writer for and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter @TimLetcher , on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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