The Kentucky Wildcats are off to a strong start in their matchup with Eastern Michigan. Who else would be leading the charge other than freshman running back Kavosiey Smoke?
Smoke, with the team up 7-0 already in the first quarter, broke off a highlight-reel 32-yard touchdown, the team’s second running score and his second touchdown of the season.
Oh my goodness. Kavosiey Smoke with all the moves taking it to the house. Mercy. pic.twitter.com/hFHsvKosvr— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) September 8, 2019
The former three-star back redshirted last season, and now, he’s ready to make a difference behind A.J. Rose. The two play different roles, and so far, Smoke has been dynamic when given the ball this season.
He’s averaged 22.5 yards per carry in the first quarter today, and against Toledo in Week 1, averaged 11.1 yards per game, totaling 78 yards on just seven carries. This week, he could potentially notch his first career 100-yard game.
Smoke was the team’s leading rusher last week, although Rose was given more than double the touches. After Rose fumbled in this game, perhaps Smoke will get more touches, especially at the goal line where Rose fumbled.
The 5-foot-9 back is lightning quick, and that’s what he brings to this offense. He’s the lightning while Rose is the thunder, similar to how many NFL teams stock their running back unit.
As for the Wildcats, the emergence of Smoke is coming before one of the most important games of the season in Week 3. Against No. 11 Florida at home next week, Kentucky will be tested in a primetime matchup.
But first, Smoke and the Cats must close out Eastern Michigan.