"I definitely want to stay on special team. I want to return kicks. I love being on all the special teams. I don't want to give that up," said Little.
One might think the broken wrist he suffered in spring practice that led to surgery might make Little more cautious. However, he says the injury will have no impact on his play and that he wants to show that last season when he established himself as one of the most versatile offensive players in the Southeastern Conference was no fluke.
"My wrist is doing fine. It's healing just like it should," he said. "It was pretty boring just to have to watch the end of spring practice like I did, but there's no doubt I will be back at full speed when practice starts (in August). I am working now to keep my legs strong. I've been in the training room doing that a lot. I want to be ready to do even better than I did last year."
The former South Carolina prep standout was slowed during most of the 2004 season by a knee injury that needed surgery before he came to UK. "The wrist is not like the knee. I got pushed and just landed on it the wrong way. I did it myself. I think everything will be fine with the wrist when the season starts. I am not worried about that one bit. I am not going to let stuff like that even enter my mind," Little said.
He does think having a healthy Tony Dixon — he missed last year with an ankle injury — and the emergence of redshirt Alfonso Smith will give UK three potent running backs. "With all of us healthy, we won't be as tired as usual late in games. That should be a big help," he said. "But I don't like to come off the field and Tony doesn't, either. We just have to realize that sometimes you need to take a break when you have other good backs able to play."
Little plans to stay in Lexington during the summer to continue his rehabilitation and work out with teammates. One thing he won't do is worry about whether Andre Woodson or Curtis Pulley will be the starting quarterback when the Cats open the season against Louisville.
"It really doesn't matter to me who the quarterback is. If they give me the ball, I just have to do what I do no matter who is giving me the ball," he said. "I actually think we may run the ball a lot more this year no matter who is at quarterback, and that will suit me just fine."