Jojo Kemp was on fire against Missouri, but the flames nearly burned out in last week’s win over Eastern Kentucky.
Kemp was given a chance to shine with Stanley “Boom” Williams on the sideline, but he finished with only 46 yards on 14 attempts as Kentucky was forced to rally for the overtime victory.
Williams returned to practice this week after dealing with a personal issue. He didn’t dress out in the game, but was on the sidelines with his teammates. Head coach Mark Stoops made it clear Williams wasn’t suspended.
The lingering question is where the two backs will fall when a depth chart is released before Kentucky’s game against Auburn on Oct. 15.
“My teammates and coaches and everybody in this building supported me, helped me get through what I needed to get through,” Williams told reporters this week. “Thanks to those guys, because without those guys I don’t think I would have been able to do it.”
Williams, who started the first four games, is the Wildcats’ leading rusher with 343 yards (7.3 yards per carry). Kemp is second with 246 yards (4.8).
Either way, Kemp will make the most out of every chance he gets to take the field.
“The depth chart really don’t mean nothing,” Kemp told Guy Ramsey of Kentucky’s media relations department before the Eastern Kentucky game. “It’s what you do with your opportunity when you step out on the field. I always told myself when I get out on the field I’m going to make the best of my opportunity. It don’t matter when I go in or where I’m at on the depth chart, as long as I get the chance each day. You just gotta make the best of it.”
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— Jon Hale (@JonHale_CJ) October 6, 2015