Running backs Derrick Locke and Alfonso Smith are confident UK's running game is going to improve and become much more productive in SEC play.
"I feel like we are all good at finding holes and creases where the linebackers are not. You can always get better. You never get to point where you are satisfied. The next couple of games will get us ready for SEC play," said Locke.
"Last year we had a different look to our offense. Our offense just needs time to come together and be one. Right now, we are not one. But we will get there. Don't worry about that."
Smith got more playing time against Norfolk State and thinks that helped him. Against Middle Tennessee Smith carried the ball nine times, for 36 yards.
Prior to the Middle Tennessee game Smith, speaking of the Norfolk game, said, "I had to get in the groove of the game, and I did. I felt I did some good things on one drive when we put the ball in the end zone."
He doesn't think the backs are trying too hard because of the competition for playing time.
"I don't think so. We all encourage each other. We encourage our line. We try to stay in the game because we know our number will get called," Smith said. "I know I might not start. With Dixon being a senior and Locke being a great player, I can't knock them for what they do. I can only do what I can when I go in and do the best I can."
He says all the backs are getting enough work to be sharp.
"After that long drive, I could have stayed in. I was a little tired and I knew Tony was a senior and I was hoping maybe he could score. I could have stayed in. But he deserved to come back in," Smith said.
Locke finally broke a big run against Norfolk, but he missed a chance to break another one when he "ran to darkness" in Brooks' words. Against Middle Tennessee Locke made his first collegiate reception for a touchdown, and carried the ball ten times for 35 yards.
Prior to the game against Middle Tennessee Locke said, "It is not all in my hands about what I do. We just have to come together as a team. Of course, I want to do more. But I really don't know what it will take to do that. I feel like we can break big runs and have a good group of backs. We will get better."
Locke, Smith believe in running game
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