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Sihiem King expected to transfer, per report

The Kentucky running back room continues to get thinner.

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The Kentucky running back room in 2019 continues to get a bit thinner, as Sihiem King is planning to transfer for his graduate senior season, according to KSR.

King came into the 2018 campaign expected to be the second back behind Benny Snell Jr, but the role was stolen away by a red-hot AJ Rose.

King appeared in just two games for the Wildcats in 2018 rushing for 58 yards in 12 attempts. He decided to then redshirt the season to earn an extra year of eligibility as a graduate senior.

King’s most productive season was 2017, where he ran for 364 yards and two touchdowns and caught 15 passes out of the backfield.

With King on the way out and Snell off to the NFL, the Kentucky running back room is a whole lot thinner.

A.J. Rose, who had a stellar sophomore season, will most likely become Kentucky’s primary back.

Expect freshman Kavosiey Smoke to be the No. 2 back as he showed great promise after an explosive 37-yard touchdown in the win over Louisville.

The third name to watch will be Christopher Rodriguez, who appeared in the Murray State victory this year, rushing for 43 yards on just two carries.

Three-star running back Travis Tisdale will be added to the mix as a Class of 2019 recruit, though it will likely be a three-headed attack of Rose, Smoke and Rodriguez in 2019.

The backfield will look a whole lot different in 2019, but there is still reason to like the talent Kentucky has returning.