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Monday Headlines: Kavosiey Smoke Edition

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NCAA Football: Kentucky at South Carolina Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

History was made on Saturday night in Columbia as Kentucky running back Kavosiey Smoke eclipsed the 1,000 yard rushing mark, becoming the 41st player in program history to reach the accomplishment. Smoke had nine carries for 50 yards and put the ball in the end zone for Kentucky’s lone touchdown in the 16-10 road victory over South Carolina.

On those nine carries (and a catch), Smoke was able to manage not putting the ball on the ground. If you’ve watched even just a handful of snaps this season, you’ll know ball security is an incredible point of interest for the Wildcats as they once again put four on the ground against South Carolina and coughed two of the four fumbles up for turnovers.

While Smoke’s running mate Chris Rodriguez still managed to carry the ball 26 times for 144 yards, it shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone if Smoke begins to take a few extra carries each game to spell Rodriguez but also take care of the football. Smoke has just one fumble this season (week one) while Rodriguez has coughed up the football three times.

Kentucky will begin one of their toughest three-game stretches in program history on Saturday when they host Florida, LSU next weekend and then travel to Georgia on October 16th. Needless to say, Kentucky needs to crack down on their ball security issue this week and Smoke being handed a few more carries may be the best immediate fix.

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