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Raymond Sanders enjoys first taste of college football

Kentucky's Raymond Sanders carried the ball against Western Kentucky last weekend. The freshman running back had 37 yards on seven carries and scored two touchdowns. "Close to the fourth quarter, I knew it would be my time," he said.
Kentucky's Raymond Sanders carried the ball against Western Kentucky last weekend. The freshman running back had 37 yards on seven carries and scored two touchdowns. "Close to the fourth quarter, I knew it would be my time," he said.

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)."

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