Ex-Hanna RB Rafael Little Is Bowl Bound At UK

Former T.L. Hanna star Rafael Little is making a big splash for the Kentucky Wildcats as a junior. Coming off a 1,000+ yard season a year ago and having major knee surgery this season Little has come back to help guide the Wildcats to postseason play with a win over Vanderbilt on Saturday.

The knocks were, "He's too small, he can't handle the punishment as a feature back, he's a third down back at best." Now as a junior running back for the Kentucky Wildcats former T.L. Hanna star Rafael Little will lead his team to a bowl appearance this year.

Coming off a 38-26 victory over the Vanderbilt Commodores Little's Wildcats became bowl eligible Saturday and despite having knee surgery over a month ago Little sparked the ground game for his team. Gaining 131 yards on 20 carries Little picked up where he left off before the injury and managed to score on a 2 yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. Little didn't just do get it done on the ground either as he caught 8 passes for 113 yards on the day as well to amass over 200+ all purpose yards versus Vanderbilt.

Just last year Little wowed the Wildcat faithful rushing for 1045 yards and snaring 46 passes out of the backfield for almost 10 yards a catch. Many recruiters felt Little just didn't have the size at 5'10 195 to become a productive running back in the SEC but he's gone on to prove those naysayers wrong.

The win on Saturday moves Kentucky's record to (6-4 overall, 4-3 SEC) and puts the Wildcats in the bowl scene for the first time since 1999.

During his senior season at T.L. Hanna Little ran for over 1200+ yards and scored 30+ touchdowns en route to being named to the South Carolina Shrine Bowl team. SCPrepNation.com will continue to follow the career of Rafael Little and other former Palmetto State standouts enjoying solid collegiate careers. Many expect Little to be considered one of the SEC's very best running backs if he has a healthy senior season next year.

Below Rafael Little celebrates as he strolls into the endzone against Vanderbilt on Saturday.

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