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Stanley 'Boom' Williams is SEC's best-kept secret

Boom Williams could be the Kentucky Wildcats' MVP this year with his game-breaking players on offense and special teams.

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Anyone who watched Kentucky football last year knows Stanley 'Boom' Williams was quietly one of the most explosive playmakers in the SEC.

As a true freshman, Williams led Kentucky in kickoff returns with 19 returns for 511 yards and a 26.9 average. On offense, Williams led UK in rushing with 488 yards and five touchdowns, including a very impressive 6.5 yards per carry. Williams was one of only 10 players in the nation who had three touchdown rushes of 50-yard plays in 2014.

With a promising sophomore campaign on the horizon for Williams, Jon Cooper of Saturdays Down South listed the UK back "the SEC’s best kept secret":

Williams’ sub 4.4 40-yard dash puts him among the SEC’s fastest players. A handful of plays stand out for Williams during his freshman season where speed was a major factor. The biggest was when he reversed field against Will Muschamp’s defense in The Swamp. Mind you, that was game three. Williams caught a swing pass on the right side of the field, only to reverse course and house it on the left side of the field for a 25-yard touchdown. You don’t do that against Florida’s defense in front of the home crowd, especially in overtime.

Here is that memorable run against the Gators:

All told, Williams led Kentucky in all-purpose yards with 1,159, averaging 115.9 yards per game. That total ranked him 59th nationally and sixth among freshmen nationally.