It doesn’t look like the Kentucky Wildcats will have Jojo Kemp back anytim
e soon, at least the Kemp we’ve watched for the past three years.
Now looking to finish his senior season out in style, Kemp is battling a broken hand that will severely limit him for the rest of the regular season. Head coach Mark Stoops said Monday that Kemp is healthy enough to play, but the cast on his hand makes it hard for the senior back to play significant snaps.
“He’ll be better than he was a week ago,” Stoops said. “He was willing to play, he’s in some pain obviously. He’s got a hand, a broken hand that he’s willing to play with. He’s got a cast on it, but ball security can be an issue with a cast on it.”
That means true freshman Benny Snell and junior Stanley ‘Boom’ Williams will be getting the bulk of the touches going forward, as was the case in Saturday’s 35-21 win over Missouri.
Stoops did also say Monday he wants Sihiem King to be involved in the ground game more. The sophomore running back was supposed to play in Saturday’s game, but Stoops said there were some things that happened down the stretch that prevented that.
King has been rarely used this season while being the fourth-string back for most of the year. It’s hard to see Snell and Boom holding up through the rest of the season without another back getting some carries, so expect King to get some down the stretch.
As for Kemp, he currently has 309 career rushes for 1,505 yards and 16 scores. This season, he has 41 carries for 145 yards and three scores.