Brinson: Backs know where they fit

Kentucky Sports Report's Larry Vaught went one-on-one in a two-part series with UK running backs coach Larry Brinson after the Cats' season-opening win over Eastern Kentucky on Saturday.

Question: When you have three backs as good as Rafael Little, Tony Dixon and Alfonso Smith seem to be, what do you to do keep them all happy in practice and games?

Brinson: "I don't think keeping them happy has been a problem at all. I think they realize where they fit into our system. They know among themselves who is the starter, who is the next guy, who is the third guy. They are pretty comfortable with those roles right now and that has not been a problem at all.

"They all have different talents and abilities that can turn a game around. It has just been a pleasure to work with all three of them. We also have some young guys that are coming around and doing things I am pleased with so we can hopefully keep this thing going."

Question: Isn't it unusual now to find three talented players at one position who not only understand their roles, but also willing accept those roles?

Brinson: "It is rare. That is why I am extremely happy to be here at this moment in time. Those are great kids. They have just been raised the right way. They understand how things work. They are smart enough to know who is the good guy, who is the better guy, who has the talent and who has the ability to play. It has been great. We just need to keep them all healthy."

Question: Are they all still good enough that even though they accept their roles, they also push each other daily?

Brinson: "No doubt about it. They keep each other alert. Tony keeps it on Rafael and Alfonso keeps it on Tony. They keep it on each other because they know any guy could step in their and do something. They know at any time that any of those three could get in their and make it happen and not come out. Hopefully we can just keep it going the way it is."

Coming tomorrow--Part 2: Brinson discusses the impact his top players have on younger players.

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