Tape It Up: Kentucky: Little Too Late?

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Kentucky: Little Too Late?

Kentucky already has its hands full as the nation's No. 1 team is coming to town on Saturday for perhaps the biggest game ever played in Lexington. But things will be a whole lot tougher for the Wildcats if tailback Rafael Little is not back up to speed by Saturday, and as of right now, he looks rather questionable with a nagging thigh bruise. With a thinning arsenal of tailbacks to battle the conference's top rush defense, Kentucky's confidence has got to be waffling, which is not a good feeling to have when LSU is stepping up to the line.

Little, a 5-foot-10, 195-pound senior, is still fighting a thight bruise that has been bothering him for the past three weeks. He has played through pain in each of the team's last three games, and although he still leads the team in rushing with more than 113 yards per game, a 6.4 yards-per-carry average and three touchdowns, he has not been practicing much. That lack of practice time is starting to wear on head coach Rich Brooks, who is also concerned about the amount of pain his leading rusher is in.

Even if Little's pain decreases enough to allow him to play on Saturday, the Wildcats are still looking awfully thin at that tailback spot. Tony Dixon, the team's second-leading rusher with 47.2 yards per game, is back on the healthy side after battling through a hip flexor injury last week, but sophomore Alfonso Smith is looking at missing his third-consecutive game due to a high ankle sprain.

Smith, who is averaging 31.8 yards per game, has taken part in only a few drills in this week's practices and none of them at full speed. Brooks described him as 65-70 percent healthy and said that he is "pretty questionable" for Saturday.

Injuries to the run game spell bad news for Kentucky, especially when facing off against LSU. The Wildcats are going to need the team firing on all cylinders if they plan to knock off the Tigers, and that includes the rushing attack.


You must have missed the Ark game did you catch the 4th qt, a true freshman named Locke was the MAN. He will be there Sat ready for the tiggers.

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