VAUGHT: Walk-on Williams making a name

He was getting recruited by big-name schools like South Carolina and Georgia Tech and knew a scholarship offer was coming until he failed to make the necessary score on his college entrance test.

That left Coshik Williams of Hiram, Ga., with a major dilemma about his college choice. That's when former Hiram, Ga., standout Trevard Lindley told him there might be a spot as a walk-on running back for him at Kentucky.

Lindley's younger brother gave UK offensive coordinator Joker Phillips a DVD of Williams when he came to watch his brother two years ago. That's when the UK staff liked what it saw from the 5-9, 175-pound Williams and let him know he could indeed walk on, a move that is paying off this spring for the redshirt freshmen.

He had 91 yards on 16 carries in Saturday's scrimmage and has shown a nifty running style and possibility that he could help UK's depth at tailback.

"Trevard told me I probably had a good chance to walk on because they had run out of scholarships. Joker called me and told me he wanted me to come to the spring game and told me they wanted me to walk on, so I did," Williams said.

He hopes his decision turns out to be a steal for the Wildcats.

"I just have to push myself 100 percent. I have to work a lot harder than if I was on scholarship and push myself more," Williams said.

"I am a little surprised things are going this well. I didn't think it would be like this, but I still have to push myself more. "

Kentucky coach Rich Brooks is doing is part to push him, too. He noted after Saturday's scrimmage that Williams had to learn to run more inside against Southeastern Conference competition and not rely solely on his moves and speed.

"He has been telling me I have to get used to the game speed because high school is a little bit different. He wants me to keep it north and south more and also get a little big bigger," Williams said.

"I am a little different than some running backs. I am a little shifty, but I will still hit it up in there hard between the tackles. I can take it up there. I was just used to high school when I could take it outside and beat people, but this is different here and I know that."

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