The University of Kentucky Athletic Department released a statement today that senior running back CoShik Williams will start against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers this Saturday.
Williams had a strong debut in the Wildcats' opening game against Louisville (62 yards on 10 carries, three receptions for 21 yards), but suffered a back injury that kept him out against Kent State. Despite Raymond Sanders making the most of his chance to start a game (with an explosive 67-yard touchdown run), Williams still gives Kentucky the best option for steady production at the running back position.
Joker Phillips was also impressed with how fresh Williams' legs looked after getting a week to heal and rest, meaning that the UK ground game should be at full strength this Saturday.
A few other notes from this week's game preparations:
- Per the Lexington Herald-Leader, defensive coordinator Rick Minter denied rumors that he and Joker Phillips had been at odds or had any heated altercations since the Louisville game.
- Minter stated (also per the Herald-Leader) that the coaching staff is looking to find more ways to get Taylor Windham on the field, which will most likely result in him seeing extensive time at the hybrid linebacker/safety position. Bud Dupree will continue to split time at defensive end and the 'Will' linebacker spot.
- Phillips stated (per UKAthletics.com) that the emphasis for the defense this week is to force turnovers; the Wildcats have forced only one so far this season.
- Joker Phillips was pleased to report (per Kentucky Sports Radio) that the Wildcats are almost completely injury-free heading into the third week of the season. He attributed this to the players being stronger and more athletic than in years past.
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