Tuesday Night's Notes: Keys To Success, Spotlight On Running Backs

08/06/2013 07:40 PM

Football Practice Kicks Off

Football practice is officially underway. Yesterday evening after the first practice, head coach Mark Stoops said “the organization and the structure went very smoothly for the first day and for the first time doing two-spot in some drills.” He also mentioned monitoring players and injuries considering how exposed players will be in the air raid offense and with the lack of depth. Keeping players healthy will important for this team, which has the toughest schedule in the nation.

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Player Spotlight: Running Backs

Raymond Sanders was leading rusher for the Cats last season with 669 yards. He averaged 5.4 yards per carry and 60 yards a game. Last season, Sanders scored five touchdowns for the Cats. He rushed for a career-high 123 yards last year against Samford. This year, the senior running back will look to capitalize on his last year in a Kentucky jersey and make a huge impact.

Jonathan George rushed for 504 yards, averaging 4.7 yards per carry and 42 yards per game. He scored four touchdowns last season and started seven games for the Cats. In the offseason, George lost about 10 pounds, which should add some quickness to him this season.

Dyshawn Mobley was not at practice yesterday, according to Stoops, who said the sophomore running back had surgery on a hernia. Stoops said he expects Mobley back by the middle of the month, which is great for the Cats since Mobley ended last season on a high note. He was the leading rusher in the Blue-White game with 15 carries for 79 yards. In the 2012 season, Mobley averaged 4.5 yards per carry and 15.3 yards per game. He rushed for only 184 yards on the season and didn’t score a touchdwon for the Wildcats. Mobley should be a bigger part of this year’s offense with his improvement during the spring and over the summer.

JoJo Kemp is the young freshmen of the group. As a senior in high school, Kemp rushed for 1,469 yards and scored 23 touchdowns for DeLand High School in Florida. He was named to the Associated Press’s all-state first-team, and he was the number 28 running back in the ESPN national rankings. Kemp will surely see the field for the Cats this season and possibly work his way up to a starter by the end of the season.

Meet Marcus Lee

CoachCal.com continued their video series Meet The Wildcats. This time, they profiled California kid Marcus Lee. Highlights from the video are Lee talking about playing volleyball, competing in pick-up games at UK, and being recruited by Calipari. Lee said Coach Cal’s pitch was basically “I’ll make you great, you might play and we’ll push you.” That simple pitch, not guaranteeing anything, made a huge impression on Lee.

Lee also said he and other players were sometimes awe-struck in the middle of pick-up games, especially when Alex Poythress and Julius Randle matched up. He said putting all those talented players on the court at the same time is just “not fair.” All of Kentucky’s opponents next season may be saying the same thing.

Watch the entire video here.

Football Cage Fight

Ever wonder who win if defensive line coach Jimmy Brumbaugh and tight ends coach Vince Marrow were locked in a cage fight? KSTV got the answer.


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