Good spring vaults former Dwyer RB Donald Russell to Kentucky’s No. 2 slot
Donald Russell, a former Dwyer star who went largely unnoticed by SEC recruiters, could get a pretty good opportunity to show them what they missed out on this year.
Russell had just 13 carries (one of which was a 79-yard touchdown run against Eastern Kentucky) as a freshman running back at Kentucky in 2009, but seems to have secured a spot as the Wildcats’ No. 2 running back for the upcoming season.
“He made a strong case for himself in the spring, especially later in the spring,” Kentucky first-year coach Joker Phillips said at the SEC spring meeting in Destin. “He played really well in the spring game. He stepped up, took on blitzers, was one of those guys that made plays with the ball in his hands, caught the ball well — he did a lot of things well for us.”
Phillips said senior Derrick Locke (907 yards and six touchdowns last year) is entrenched as the starter, but Russell (5-11, 205) will get a decent portion of carries if he stays healthy.
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