UK FOOTBALL | Running back Mikel Horton cleared for Florida
09/18/2015 05:04 PM
LEXINGTON — The triple-threat Kentucky backfield will be at full strength when the Wildcats attempt to change history on Saturday against the Florida Gators.
Mikel Horton was limited to just two impressive carries at South Carolina after suffering a neck injury, but Mark Stoops announced after Thursday’s practice the sophomore running back is cleared to play for tomorrow’s 7:30 p.m. ET kickoff when UK attempts to defeat Florida for the first time in 28 years.
“He’s good to go,” Mark Stoops told the media members in attendance. “We fell like we have some good backs, and he’s a little different, so it’ll be good to have him out there.”
The 6-foot-1, 226-pound sophomore scored the winning touchdown in Kentucky’s 40-33 season-opening victory against Louisiana Lafayette and was poised for a big game against the Gamecocks.
Horton carried the ball two times for 20 yards and UK’s first touchdown before sitting out the rest of the Wildcats’ 26-22 road victory in Columbia with the injured neck..
Joining Horton in Kentucky’s running back trio are sophomore Stanley “Boom” Williams and junior Jojo Kemp.
Williams leads the team in both carries (24) and yards (242) while averaging an impressive 10.1 yards per carry. Kemp is second on the team with 16 carries for 112 yards, and despite receiving the fewest touches (8), Horton leads the team in touchdowns with two. Williams and Kemp have reached the endzone once a piece.
The Wildcats will need all three running backs healthy and able to attack a Florida defense that currently ranks No. 3 in the nation in run defense by allowing a meager 25 yards per game — granted, that’s after facing New Mexico State and East Carolina in its first two games.
Click below for KSTV’s discussion on why the running backs will be key to Kentucky snapping its 28-game losing streak to Florida on Saturday: