Kentucky running back Stanley “Boom” Williams is a starter again.
Coach Mark Stoops said Williams is No. 1 on the depth chart heading into Thursday’s game against Auburn (7 p.m., ESPN), replacing running back Jojo Kemp .
“He is. He’s back in good standing. He’s there. He was back – before the Eastern game was back a few days, and then ever since then, has been back full, 100 percent and good to go, Stoops said during Monday’s press conference.
Williams didn’t play in Kentucky’s 34-27 overtime victory over Eastern Kentucky and sat out the fourth quarter against Missouri on Sept. 26. Stoops cited “personal issues” as to why Williams didn’t play in those games.
Stoops said William’s issues are behind him and hopes that Williams can put it together on the field.
“We have a lot of kids in that situation that we’re still trying to bring along,” Stoops said. “ You know how we feel about playing in this league and competing at a high level. You better have some grown men. I know that term is used a lot, but you’ve got to be grown and you’ve got to be mature and then you’ve got to have some depth. We’re working in those areas.”
Williams’ return should provide a boost to the offense.
He leads the Wildcats with 343 yards rushing and averaged 7.3 yards per carry. He has one touchdown this season.
Stoops says Boom Williams "in good standing" and "good to go." Back to No. 1 on the depth chart. http://t.co/XScdhYdd7Y
— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_CJ) October 12, 2015