It's a phrase Chad Scott uses in his running back room on a regular basis.
"Don't be a liability," he tells his Kentucky players. "Be a guy who can run the ball, catch the ball and pick up the blitz."
So far this season, Kentucky hasn't asked the UK backs to do much more than two of the three, but that could change in the near future with offensive coordinator Neal Brown saying last week that he'd like to see the running backs get more involved in the passing game.
It was a focal point of their bye week before Vanderbilt.
Much of that talk was about running back Stanley "Boom" Williams, who ended up being UK's leading receiver in the win over the Commodores.
But the true freshman, who had five catches for 75 yards, will miss Saturday's game while serving a suspension.
That means the other UK running backs might get a chance to show they can catch a few passes, too.
"I think that's gonna be a big key this week," Brown said of the Cats' game against South Carolina on Saturday night at Commonwealth Stadium.
He's been pleased with the versatility shown by running backs like Braylon Heard, Jojo Kemp, Mikel Horton and Josh Clemons in practice. Now he'd like everyone else to see it, too.
Players like Heard and Kemp are proven playmakers, and UK would like to see them get the ball more. Throwing it to them is just one way to do it.
"They haven't caught as many balls through the season as we thought," said Scott, the running backs coach. "They've done a good job running routes. What they've done is they've taken advantage of some opportunities they've got in the run game and made some plays.
"So Coach Brown's taken notice to it and he's trying to find a way to put those guys in position to get the ball outside of just running the football."
It's not a new concept in Brown's Air Raid offense.
In his final season as offensive coordinator at Texas Tech, the Red Raiders' top three running backs combined to catch 50 passes for 330 yards and two touchdowns.
UK's running backs, who have combined for 10 catches for 98 yards this season, said they're ready to be those utility-type players for the offense.
"It's a cool thing," said Horton, a true freshman. "As a running back, it's very stressful, but it's fun to be able to block, catch, run and do all the things you're able to do for your position.
"I feel like it's a great opportunity for us to show our abilities and get out more in the field."
But even though Horton called it stressful, he said it's been a fun challenge catching balls in space and making plays. He feels like he's gotten better with route running and protection.
"We don't back down from a challenge at all," Horton said of the running back group. "We just take it on."
Knowing that the running back group, which had a high percentage of catches in fall camp, is available is a safety net for quarterback Patrick Towles.
He also has confidence that when they catch the ball they'll make a big play.
"Every time we get the ball in Jojo's hands in the open field or Braylon's hands in the open field it's a good thing," Towles said. "It doesn't always have to be a handoff or a pitch or something like that. I mean, they're great playmakers and they do well in space.
"When I throw the ball 3 yards and it goes for 60, that looks really good. It feels really good too."
Banged up Gamecocks quarterback will play
On the Southeastern Conference coaches teleconference, South Carolina Coach Steve Spurrier confirmed that quarterback Dylan Thompson was able to practice on Tuesday and will be able to play against Kentucky.
The senior is the Gamecocks' only quarterback with experience, playing every snap this season, completing 109 of 179 passes for 1,359 yards and 12 touchdowns with three interceptions.
He suffered what Spurrier called a "sort of sprained neck" against Missouri. The coach noted that Thompson needs better protection versus Kentucky than he got against the Tigers.
"Wasn't any secret to how they were rushing — they were rushing three or four guys at times, but we didn't do a very good job," Spurrier said. "So, got to play better. Got to pass-block, run-block, do a lot of things better than we did last week.
"We got our quarterback hit hard several times, and that affects his play. Gets a little antsy. Everybody gets a little antsy when you get clobbered about four or five times."
■ South Carolina's top receiver, Pharoh Cooper, who has 24 catches for 296 yards and three touchdowns, has been banged up and has not been practicing this week.
"He's got some bumps and bruises and sort of a pulled muscle here or there," Spurrier said.