Jojo Kemp is like one of those energy drinks that coaches around the football practice facility are seen chugging on a regular basis.
A spark, a jolt, a pick-you-up.
The junior running back and one of the most veteran players on Kentucky's offense has been charged with becoming a more vocal leader for that group.
Coaches talked to him last week about embracing that role.
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"He can be a leader of the team," running backs coach Chad Scott said of Kemp. "He has major influence on a lot of guys on the team and he's an energy guy.
"He gets guys going and he's a tough kid and we need him to get going. I've been on him and I'm going to stay on him every day."
Kemp provided one of the few lifts for a stagnant UK offense that managed just 180 yards at Georgia, a season low for the Cats by more than 60 yards.
In a reserve role, the junior ran for some hard yards, gaining 48 yards on 12 carries, including getting back into his old familiar Wildcat package, which worked once and not so well a second time. UK's offensive coordinator said it's likely something his group will go back to this season.
And Kemp's hard hit forced the fumble that helped Kentucky get the ball back after a Patrick Towles interception last week.
As Kentucky's offense struggles to right itself in time for one of the stoutest defenses it will face this year at Vanderbilt, Kemp is trying to be a positive voice in a sea of outside-the-building negativity.
"We've got three games left, so we've just got to keep our head up just so we don't have the results as last year," Kemp said of the Cats' four game slide, which is starting to look eerily similar to the six-game slide that ended last season.
It's not always a role he relishes, the role of vocal leader, but Kemp is trying to embrace it in recent weeks.
"When guys got their head downs, you want to keep those guys up," Kemp continued. "You want to be able to continue to put it in their heads to believe. Because that's all you need is to have faith and believe in yourself that you're going to go out there and do it.
"You don't want to walk around with your head down, you want to continue to get better each and every week. When you've got your head down, you're not improving."
Williams back at practice
A few days after he dislocated his right elbow near the goal line against Tennessee, Boom Williams finally gathered up the courage to look at the photo of his elbow going every way but the right way.
"I was able to look at it all of five seconds, and I couldn't look at it anymore because it was pretty scary," he said of the physical evidence of what occurred. "It's been one of the toughest injuries I've had. I'm just truly blessed that it didn't cost me long term."
There were several sleepless nights after that Saturday where he had serious pain every time the sophomore running back moved his right arm.
But he's been spending much of his free time in the training room and was able to get through his first full practice since the injury on Tuesday.
Williams is excited to play again on Saturday at Vanderbilt, where he will wear a supportive brace on that arm.
"It's just something I have to adjust to, something that I have to get used to," he said of the apparatus. "Something I have to play with. I'll be practicing with it all week and get me ready to carry the ball on Saturday."
Missing a chance to play against Georgia, a team he was committed to briefly and a team he grew up watching, was difficult last weekend, he said.
"They didn't think I was quite ready for the game and I didn't think I was ready myself, so they held me back, gave me some extra time to recover and so I'm able to play this week," said Williams, who has 85 runs for 563 yards and three touchdowns this season.
Let the QBqueries continue
Kentucky has a firm plan in place for its quarterback this weekend against Vanderbilt.
But whether it's Patrick Towles back in his regular starting spot or backup Drew Barker taking over the offense, well, keep guessing.
When asked when he'll know who the starter will be against the Commodores, offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson replied: "Yeah, I know. You want to know? We're evaluating it through the week. We got a plan, put it that way, and we'll stick to the plan. I think it's the right one, I think it's a good one."
That plan in some way involves Towles, who struggled against Georgia last week, completing just 8 of 21 passes (with two picks) for 96 yards, the fewest in his career as a starter.
"We're excited, we're ready," Towles said when asked where he is mentally. "Another opportunity — that's all I can ask for. Another chance to get out there and play with my guys."
Is the junior positive he'll be playing? "Yes," Towles replied. "I'm sure that I will be out there playing. Yes."
The quarterback rotations between Barker and Towles generally close to 50-50 each week during practice and that hasn't changed.
"It's just been a normal practice week so far," Barker said. "Just going 50-50 like always. Still preparing the same way that I have been this whole time. Nothing really drastically different at all."
But have the coaches even told the quarterbacks their plan for Saturday?
"That's just kind of like an internal thing right now," Barker said. "It's just up to the coaches. Whatever they want to do I'm going to support it."