UK notes: RB Williams enjoys career day

Sophomore sub rushes for 95 yards, three TDs

ccosby@herald-leader.comNovember 7, 2010 

CoShik Williams had just finished the best rushing performance of his Kentucky career, and the first thing he wanted to talk about was his blocking.

"I got two good cut blocks on a guy," Williams said. "I saw the guys' feet come up, so that felt good right there."

The UK coaches appreciated the blocks, but with Kentucky's backfield thinned by injury, Williams' 95 yards rushing and three touchdowns probably meant a lot more.

Derrick Locke sat out his third consecutive game with a shoulder injury, and freshman Raymond Sanders was sidelined by an abdominal strain. That left the bulk of the work to Williams and Donald Russell, who started the game and rushed for 110 yards on 10 carries with two TDs.

Williams, a sophomore walk-on, had only 25 career carries and one touchdown coming into the game. But he knew during practice last week that he'd probably play an extended role against Charleston Southern.

"I'm thinking to myself, 'I've got to do everything right and everything perfect to look good for the coaches,' " Williams said.

UK Coach Joker Phillips said Locke decided before the game that he couldn't play. It's uncertain whether Locke or Sanders will return against Vanderbilt on Saturday.

"If he can play, he'll play," Phillips said of Locke. "He just didn't feel like he could protect the football and also protect himself. Locke really wants to play, but Locke really doesn't want to hurt this football team also."

Pay-per-view problems

There were some issues in the Lexington and Louisville markets with Insight Communications' live pay-per-view feed of the game.

Technical difficulties kept the first part of the game off the air in Lexington, but the issues were resolved and the game eventually came back on the air. Viewers in the Louisville area missed the game entirely.

Hartline reaches 5,000

Mike Hartline became the fifth quarterback in UK history to throw for 5,000 yards in a career, joining Jared Lorenzen, Andre Woodson, Tim Couch and Bill Ransdell.

"You've been here so long, something's gotta give," Hart-line said. "But it's nice to be part of that club and be recognized like that."

13 tackles for Trevathan

Danny Trevathan had 13 tackles Saturday, extending his streak of double-figure tackle games to six.

It is the longest streak since Marty Moore did it 13 straight times in 1991-92.

Trevathan surpassed the 100-tackle mark for the season (110) and is three tackles shy of the 200-tackle mark for his career.

Safety Winston Guy led UK with a career-high 16 tackles Saturday.

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