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We hope you enjoy this free preview of Kentucky Sports Report's September magazine. You find the rest of this article in the magazine, scheduled for release in mid-September.

Alfonso Smith wasn't sure he quite heard the question right when he was asked what he thought about Kentucky freshman running back Jonathan George being a state track champion as well as a state wrestling champion in Alabama.

"I've never known anybody to do that," said Smith, UK's senior running back and one of the team's vocal leaders. "Is he a state champion in both sports? Really? I didn't even know that. He didn't tell me. But he has it all. All he has to do is learn the plays, work hard and he'll be good."

Why? What will make him good?

"He's a guy that will do everything he needs to do. He is a good guy. He seems really smart and he is a very hard worker," Smith said before UK opened the season. "It seems like he is more about the fundamentals. He is not a flashy type back. He is going to make one move and go. That's good for him. He has good size. He came in way bigger than I was. I think he can prove to a lot of people that he can play here and play very, very well."

The 5-10, 195-pound George had impressive numbers at Lincoln, Ala. He had almost 3,300 all-purpose yards and 26 touchdowns in 2008. He returned five kickoffs and four punts for touchdowns as a senior.

Yet he was not highly recruited and didn't get on Kentucky's radar until late even though he did watch the Wildcats play at Alabama last year when he was on a visit to Alabama.


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