Locke's speed reaps rewards for Cats

Brooks says the key for Locke now is to have more games like that, especially against teams like Florida and Alabama that UK will face the next two weeks.

Brooks says the key for Locke now is to have more games like that, especially against teams like Florida and Alabama that UK will face the next two weeks.

"He has made those kind of plays in the past. The question is how he bounces back and responds and keeps it going," the Kentucky coach said. "He is a special athlete. We need to make sure he keeps the weight on and the healthy body. If he does, he can make a lot of big plays."

That's because Locke has sprinter's speed and can explode through holes. Once he gets in the open field as he did on his kickoff return, no one likely will catch him. That's why he's the only player in UK history to have two 100-yard kickoff returns for scores.

"My coach in high school always said you could teach somebody how to play football, but you can't teach speed. That is God-given and I have to take advantage of it. God gave it to me, but it is my job to take advantage and do what I need to do with it," Locker said.

"Just because you have speed does not make you a good football player. You have to do what you have to do. If you take your coaching and do what they want and then let natural ability take over, that's when you look good."


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