Looking back on Kentucky's 17-10 win over South Carolina, a lot of people might be wondering, why didn't Stanley "Boom" Williams get the ball more?
The impressive junior back had 15 rushes for 123 yards, averaging over eight yards-per-carry, and a touchdown. Obviously, the stats are impressive, and it seems every time this guy is on the field his mere presence helps the Cats.
Over the duration of the first four games of the season, Williams has racked up 464 yards on 58 carries and two touchdowns. He's averaging eight yards-per-carry. I'm no genius, but I know you can definitely win a lot of football games with a back who's getting eight yards every time he touches the ball.
Kentucky has a very balanced offensive attack. Out of the 1601 yards they've gained so far this season, 787 of them have been on the ground and the other 814 through the air. The first-down stats are also similar; 41 have been from running the ball and 28 from passing.
The Cats run the ball an average of 40 times a game. Boom gets a little over 36 percent of these carries, a percentage that's so low it's mind-blowing. With a balanced offensive attack and UK running far fewer plays than their opponents, why is Boom not getting more carries?
Benny Snell and Jojo Kemp have shared 50 carries this season. While it is good to try and develop a good one-two punch, the Cats don't have another back that they can throw in the game to really throw the defense off and move the ball down the field right now.
Stephen Johnson and Drew Barker have accounted for almost 50 carries this season as well, with the majority of them being losses of yardage. Point being, whether the quarterbacks are just getting tackled in the backfield after seeing nothing downfield or just aren't getting positive yards on designed carries, it shows who needs to be carrying the ball more.
Benny Snell is not fully developed yet, and subbing Boom in and out is not helping the team. Snell received 16 carries, which is more than Williams did during the South Carolina game.
You're splitting carries between a freshman back who had a good game against one of the lowest ranked teams in college football, and a back who has proven that he's one of the most explosive players in the SEC, thus why he's getting eight yards-per-carry.
This is not the slandering of Benjamin Snell either; I think he is a fantastic back with a very bright future as a Cat. But what Kentucky needs right now is more Boom. Let's see what the guy can do with 20 or 25 carries a game. Defenses will be terrified of a back that would probably have between 150 and 200 yards per game.
You can only imagine what that would do for the offense too. Opponents would have to play eight in the box, and that would just mean the athletic receiving core we have would get to run up and down the field making plays.
An interesting trend in the first four games of this season is Williams' carries progressing through the game. In the first quarters of the first four games, Williams has gotten 20 carries; in the second quarters he has received 17; in the third quarters: 15; and in the fourth quarters: six.
Williams needs to continue getting carries throughout the game and not fade out by the fourth quarter. When defenses are tired, that's when a thicker, explosive back like Williams will really gash a defense and help the offense.
Overall Eddie Gran has been doing great as a coordinator, and that's shown in the way the offense has exploded in some games. However, Williams needs to get the rock more often.