- Ranked fifth among SEC players in rushing yards (1,045), third in rushing touchdowns (9) and fourth in yards per carry (5.3).
- Returned just two kickoffs all year but ran back one of them 99 yards vs. Idaho State.
"If I'd said how big his role was going to be last year, would anybody have believed it? I don't think so," UK head man Rich Brooks asked at the recent SEC Media Days. "Rafael is a special player."
Little will play a big role again in 2006 but perhaps not quite as big as a year ago.
"Rafael obviously is going to have a huge role for our team," Brooks said. "But hopefully he won't BE our team, which is kind of what he was last year on offense. He WAS our team. He had 46 catches and over a thousand yards rushing, although there was a game and a half at the end of the season when he was hurt and couldn't do much. He led the league in punt returns and would've led the league in kickoff returns but I chose to give him a little rest on kickoff returns."
In spite of all this, Little toils in relative obscurity. He got just two votes for the SEC Media Days preseason all-conference team, settling for third-team honors behind first-teamers Kenny Irons of Auburn (84 votes) and McFadden (59), second-teamers Kenneth Darby of Alabama (52) and Arian Foster of Tennessee (7).