Signees Offense

Kentucky may have a few prospects offensively who can make an impact on the program early on. Which players could get significant snaps for the Cats this fall?

Brandon Gainer - Derrick Locke took the majority of the carries last season offensively and with Alfonso Smith and Moncell Allen taking up the slack, Locke still had troubles handling the grind of being the focus of UK's rushing offense. With Gainer coming in, he will instantly provide help to UK's backfield with great size and speed. Gainer hits the hole quickly and can make cuts in the hole making would-be tacklers miss and gaining additional yardage. Already 200 pounds, Gainer could be 210 by the time the season starts and as he continues to mature, he could make it to 225 pounds.

Alex Smith - Kentucky graduated three seniors this year at tight end and the Wildcats have little experience returning to the position. Competing with Ryan Wallace and Anthony Kendrick, Alex Smith will have an opportunity to make plays early for the Wildcats. He has a combination of size and speed that neither Kendrick or Wallace possess. Smith will also be working with the team by June, as he'll be enrolled in school at that point. If he can catch on to the offense early, Smith could start as a freshman.

Raymond Sanders - Much like his future backfield mate Derrick Locke, Raymond Sanders is undersized at 5-foot-8, 175 pounds. However, Sanders is an explosive play-maker in the backfield, who can also move out to the slot and make plays receiving the ball. Sanders makes people miss and has great ability to change directions and make players miss. However, even with his slight size, Sanders can and will take on the defender for extra yardage by initiating contact when necessary.

Miles Simpson - Possibly the most overlooked player in this class, Miles Simpson is another big back with good speed, much like Brandon Gainer. At 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, Simpson is already the biggest back Kentucky has on the roster. Simpson is also a capable receiver out of the backfield. But his biggest asset is his ability to absorb contact and run through arm tackles. Simpson, while not as highly touted as Gainer, will get an opportunity to compete early at running back.

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