Raymond Sanders was one of the more highly regarded members of Kentucky's 2010 recruiting class, and the freshman running back gave fans a glimpse of the future in the fourth quarter of last week's 63-28 win over Western Kentucky. The 5-foot-8, 185-pound Sanders ran seven times for 37 yards and scored UK's final two touchdowns.
Q: You didn't play on offense in the Louisville game. At what point in the Western Kentucky game did you realize you were probably going to get a few carries?
A: "I was saying all week that if the offense came out and did their job, I'd get in early. Close to the fourth quarter, I knew it would be my time. Coach told me to get warmed up. I was running a little nervous on the first carry, but I was more anxious and excited than anything."
Q: What did it feel like getting in the end zone that first time?
A: "It felt great. I celebrated with my linemen because I wouldn't have been able to get in without them. To get my first collegiate touchdown and be able to celebrate with my linemen was a great feeling."
Q: Do you feel like you established some confidence in the coaches that they can put you in a big game?
A: "I feel like what this game was about was to see if I was ready to step it up for the team. I think the coaches want to show me more so they'll feel comfortable with me back there in the backfield."
Q: You're also on the kickoff return team but have yet to get your hands on one.
A: "Yeah, I thought I was going to get one, but they kicked it a little short. Hopefully, I can get a couple this week and show what I can do on special teams.
Q: Against WKU, were you hoping the offense would get the ball back so you could try for a third TD?
A: "I can't lie. I was hoping we'd get it again. I had a little greed (laughs)."