Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops and offensive coordinator Eddie Gran are pleased with what they’ve seen from RB Boom Williams as he works his way back from offseason elbow surgery.
Williams had a set number of snaps he was supposed to play during the team’s scrimmage on Saturday. Stoops said it was “good to see him go to the ground and take good, physical tackles,” according to Kentucky.com’s Jen Smith. Gran said he wanted to see how the junior tailback handled real contact at full speed, and that he liked what he saw.
“He got his three carries and I wanted him to get whacked,” Gran told . “I wanted him to feel it, get on the ground. He picked up a protection, which was fantastic to see that. Really everything that I needed to get done with him got done.”
It was Williams’s first scrimmage since his surgery. He injured his elbow in the Wildcats’ game against Tennessee on Halloween, and then he injured it again against Louisville in the final game of the season.
Gran didn’t immediately pencil Williams in as the team’s starter. He said the running back has to continue to show what he showed on Saturday.
“For him to have that job, you’ve got to act like it everyday,” Gran said. “And if you don’t, we’re going to move forward. He’s accepted that challenge and his last six, seven practices, he’s practiced like he wants the job.”