Position superlatives: Kentucky

March, 23, 2010
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Today, we take a look at what should be the strongest and weakest positions for Kentucky entering the 2010 season:

Strongest position: Running back

Key returnees: Derrick Locke, Moncell Allen, Donald Russell

Key departures: Alfonso Smith, John Conner

The skinny: Locke is one of the more underrated players in the SEC. He has outstanding speed and has also shown the toughness to run between the tackles. Last season, he rushed for 907 yards and six touchdowns and also caught 31 passes for 284 yards and two touchdowns. An equally dangerous return man, Locke has several talented younger players behind him at tailback – sophomores Donald Russell and CoShik Williams and redshirt freshman Jonathan George. Moncell Allen has moved from tailback to fullback. And while he’s not officially listed as a running back, Randall Cobb will again be a huge part of the Wildcats’ running game, especially when he lines up in the backfield in the Wildcat formation.

Weakest position: Offensive line

Key returnees: Stuart Hines, Brad Durham

Key departures: Zipp Duncan, Jorge Gonzalez, Justin Jeffries, Christian Johnson

The skinny: The Wildcats lost four of their five starters from a year ago. Hines is the only one back, although Durham has started seven games over the last two years. He’s likely the front-runner at right tackle. Junior Billy Joe Murphy could end up as the starter at left tackle. Sophomore Larry Warford also played some last season as a true freshman and is a strong bet to start at one of the guard spots. How well junior Jake Lanefski recovers from a knee injury will be important. The Wildcats are hopeful he will be back by August. He has starting experience at guard, but could also be a candidate to start at center. The good news is that there is some experience, but this is a unit that will need to come together quickly under first-year offensive line coach Mike Summers.

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