Rafael Little read the stories and heard the radio talk show chatter about him possibly bypassing his senior season at the University of Kentucky to play in the National Football League. Problem is, Little says he was never going to leave Kentucky because he knew he was not ready for the NFL.
"I was never thinking about leaving," Little said. "It got in the paper some how, but I never was going anywhere. Coach Brooks encouraged me, but I was not going to go. Coach Brooks talked to me on and off and kept telling me I had to get bigger and faster if I wanted to play at the next level. That is what I have been trying to do, but I was never going to leave. I want people to know that."
So how does a fleet running back get bigger without losing his speed?
"I guess just eat well. I just mainly eat meat. I don't eat a lot of vegetables. I have been doing that lately," Little said. "I gained six pounds to 203 now. I want at least four more pounds to play at 207. I just eat all the time and go in weight room and try to make it into muscle. So far, it has been working."
Recently Little has heard more talk about how UK's schedule is too difficult for the Cats to have another winning season and that not being ranked in preseason polls proves that.
"I think a lot more people are going to be looking at us this year. We just have to impress them and impress our coaches," Little said. "Not being ranked is not a big deal. People don't really look at that. They just look at how you perform out there, and I believe we can perform just fine no matter who we are playing."