Kentucky likely will have leading rusher Boom Williams back on Saturday at Vanderbilt. The sophomore has been cleared to practice this week after suffering an elbow injury against Tennessee.
“He should be good to go; we’ll see how the week goes,” Coach Mark Stoops said on Monday at his weekly news conference.
Williams, who has 85 runs for 563 yards and three touchdowns this season, will wear some sort of protective apparatus on his injured elbow.
“He’s going to have to play with some form of brace on his elbow,” the coach said of Williams, who averages 80.4 yards a game and 6.6 yards per carry. “Hopefully he’ll be able to handle that and protect the football and play like we need him to.”
In the two games that Williams didn’t play for UK this season, the Cats failed to crack 80 yards on the ground, rushing for just 55 yards against Eastern Kentucky and then 79 yards at Georgia with no rushing touchdowns.
Last week, Stoops said that Williams is one of the few home run type players on UK roster.
“Boom was certainly one of the few guys that we have that we feel are complete game changers and can hit the big play,” Stoops said before the loss to the Bulldogs.
UK will need all of the potential home runs it can get at Vanderbilt, which is 15th in the nation in rushing defense, holding opponents to 112.4 yards a game.
Against Vandy last season, Williams had just five carries for 27 yards and three catches for 39 yards.