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Sihiem King has emerged as Kentucky's second running back behind Benny Snell.

Kentucky football: Eddie Gran says ‘no doubt’ Sihiem King is No. 2 RB

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky offensive coordinator Eddie Gran is often hesitant to talk about the depth chart, but he made it clear Tuesday that junior Sihiem King, and not redshirt freshman A.J. Rose, is Kentucky’s second-team running back.

“He’s No. 2,” Gran said of King. “There’s no doubt about that right now.”

The Wildcats’ first-team option is clear: sophomore Benny Snell. But King and Rose have been battling for the second-team spot. King, a small and shifty running back, and Rose, a more all-around runner.

King played in all 13 games last season, but primarily on special teams. He rushed for 81 yards on 11 carries in 2016. Gran has been impressed with him in camp.

“From the first scrimmage to the second scrimmage, he improved dramatically, really hitting the holes, not bouncing it around, understanding situations,” Gran said.

Kentucky’s running back duo last season of Snell and Boom Williams, who left early for the NFL, offered complementary styles. Snell was the bruiser and Williams was the home-run threat. King, built more in the mold of Williams, could take on a similar roll.

Williams and Snell both rushed for 1,000 yards last season, becoming just the seventh tandem in SEC history to hit that mark in the same year.

Rose, a former 3-star prospect, was well regarded throughout spring practice and still figures to play a significant role in Kentucky’s offense. And there’s still time for depth charts to change.