UK FOOTBALL | Kemp in, Williams out at starting tailback vs. EKU
09/28/2015 04:54 PM
LEXINGTON — Mark Stoops has ordered a changing of the guard in Lexington, and a new running back will start for the Wildcats against Eastern Kentucky on Saturday.
Despite entering as a reserve for the first four games this season, junior Jojo Kemp dominated touches late in UK’s 21-13 victory over No. 25 Missouri last weekend and will jump sophomore Stanley “Boom” Williams into the starting lineup against the Colonels.
Kemp finished the Mizzou game with 13 carries for 66 yards, including all the late-game touches as the Wildcats ran out the clock to secure the victory. Williams rushed seven times for 21 yards while also catching four passes for seven yards.
Boom appeared to be upset about his lack of playing time during the game, with Stoops coming over to talk with him on the sideline during the fourth quarter:
Jojo Kemp was named UK's starting running back today after a strong performance against Missouri, but did Boom Williams get upset about not getting fourth quarter touches?#BBN #WeAreUKPosted by Kentucky Sports Television on Monday, September 28, 2015
“Jojo was the guy that did some things during the game, and he deserves an opportunity,” Stoops said during his weekly press conference on Monday. “I need to talk to Boom. I don’t want to say or insinuate anything — I’m not sure. I need to talk to him.”
Williams leads Kentucky in carries (47) and yards (343) through four games while Kemp has rushed 37 times for 200 yards. Both players have also scored one touchdown.
Click below to watch Stoops full comments on the running back switch as well as KSTV’s discussion on why Kemp deserves a chance to start: