Kenneth Farrow Feature

Junior running back, Kenneth Farrow, tied an American Athletic Conference single-game record with his four rushing touchdowns against Tulsa Saturday.

Due to his impressive performance, which led to Houston’s victory, Farrow was named The American’s Offensive Player of the Week Monday.

 

Farrow finished the game with 116 yards, for his fourth 100-yard rushing game of the season. The Cougars are 4-0 this season in games that Farrow has passed the 100-yard rushing mark.

 

“I was just excited to get the win really, it was a close game and we were able to pull it out at the end,” Farrow said.

 

Farrow’s four touchdowns earned him a spot next to Bryce Beall in University of Houston history. The last time this feat was accomplished was September 25, 2010, when Beall scored four touchdowns against Tulane.

 

“It’s exciting, it’s an honor, one of the better running backs that’s come through UH,” Farrow said. “But it also lets me know I just need to keep working hard and continue doing what I’m doing each week.”

 

While Farrow and Beall are tied for second most single-game touchdowns in school history, Antowain Smith holds Houston’s single-game record. Smith scored five touchdowns against Southern Miss on November 9, 1996.

 

Last season Farrow had a total of six rushing touchdowns in 11 games. This season Farrow already has a total of nine rushing touchdowns, with two regular season games still left on the schedule. Farrow manages to hold himself accountable to ensure he continues to grow and excel as a player.

 

“Just taking it day by day, coming out and not rushing the process and making sure I don’t miss anything, just taking it slow and making sure I do all the little things that I’ve been doing,” Farrow said.

 

Dan Hammerschmidt joined the UH coaching staff this season, taking over as the running backs coach. Coach Hammerschmidt most recently served two seasons with the Houston Texans as an offensive assistant.

 

“It’s been really cool with him having NFL experience, I think we’ve all learned a lot, me and Ryan and everybody else in our running back room,” Farrow said. “It’s really cool to have a guy that’s been at the next level and coached them, to have that for your coach, it’s a big positive for us.”

 

Farrow can attribute much of his success to Hammerschmidt and others who have coached him along the way.

 

“ … Definitely once he got here I started learning a lot more stuff, watching the film he showed us, and all of our coaches that I’ve had throughout my career they’ve all taught me things,” Farrow said. “I’ve taken stuff from each last one of them, but he’s a great coach, I’ve learned a lot from him this year.”

 

Farrow is also able to learn from his fellow running back, Ryan Jackson. Jackson and Farrow are the definition of a dynamic duo in the backfield. Jackson had mentioned earlier in the season how he learns from Farrow and how they feed off of each other as teammates.

 

“It’s great on and off the field; when I’m on the sideline I like nothing more than seeing him bust a long run or scoring a touchdown, and off the field we’re great friends too,” Farrow said.

 

Another key relationship that has formed on the field this season is that between Farrow and Greg Ward Jr. Since Ward Jr. took over at quarterback, it has opened up more possibilities for the offense as a whole to get down the field and into the end zone.

 

“ … He adds kind of something we didn’t have, an extra guy that the defense has to account for because he can take off running on any play,” Farrow said. “So it definitely opens up a little extra lane for us, and we’ve been able to take advantage of it and it’s been good for us.”

 

The Cougars are in the midst of preparing for two contrasting opponents, the 0-10 SMU Mustangs, and the 7-3 Cincinnati Bearcats. Players like Farrow know the importance of staying focused on the task at hand in order to finish out the season with an 8-4 record.

 

“Just taking it a day at a time, we went out there today and right now our focus is on SMU, and we’ve got a short week this week, we’ve got to kind of cram everything in so we can’t look ahead too much or else we’ll get in trouble,” Farrow said. “We’ve been just taking it a day at a time and we’ll be ready for SMU on Friday.”

 

Farrow will prepare for his senior year the same way that he approaches each season, just taking it one day at a time and staying focused on what lies directly in front of him.

 

“ … That’s my main thing right now is being consistent and continuing the production I’ve had,” Farrow said. “Get better each year, so if I could have a better year than I did this year it would be a good one for us.”


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