One four-letter word is used every time a Kentucky coach is asked about Sihiem King.
"He talks fast; he walks fast; he's very fast," running backs coach Chad Scott said quickly.
In a season when there isn't as much pressure for a true freshman to produce immediately, with top back Stanley "Boom" Williams and solid options in Jojo Kemp and Mikel Horton all vying for carries, King is making an impact.
"We've got to play that kid," Scott said of the 5-foot-9, 172-pound freshman from Colquitt County, Ga. "He's a playmaker. You can't have enough of those kinds of guys — guys who can do special things with the ball in his hands. He's got to play for us."
Even King's Kentucky courtship was speedy.
He'd never been on campus when he said yes.
The three-star running back had a previous relationship with new offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson when the coach was at West Virginia. Once Dawson left for UK, King explored other options.
And then the Kentucky offer came, the day before signing day.
"I had no idea how Kentucky looked," King said on Media Day. "I'd never been, never experienced anything about Kentucky. But I just trusted the coaches. They said I had a shot to play and talked about how they were going to use my speed."
Kentucky has laid out plenty of ways it plans to use King's speed.
He probably will be a spark on special teams in the same way that fellow Georgia standout Boom Williams was last season. And he will offer a different look in the backfield.
"Just use my speed on special teams," said King, who arrived on campus in June. "I'll be like that tempo guy. I'm going to be like a little bunny rabbit just utilizing my speed."
It's the first thing that stands out on film and in person.
"He outruns people," Dawson said of King, who had 11 100-yard rushing games in his senior season at Colquitt County, which won a state championship. His senior stats included 279 rushes for 2,090 yards (in 15 games) with 37 touchdowns. "If you watch his highlight film, he has a bunch of big runs."
And the first thing King saw in Dawson was a chance to play for the guy who coached his idol Tavon Austin, who has a similar frame.
In his career under Dawson, the 5-foot-8, 176-pound Austin had 288 catches for 3,413 yards and 29 touchdowns before being drafted in the first round by the St. Louis Rams.
"He knows how to utilize my abilities," King said of Dawson. "He coached Tavon Austin. ... I try to compare myself to him. (Dawson) just knows how to utilize all-purpose backs, so I just wanted to be coached by him."
Scott, who was a productive runner at 5-foot-9 himself, said people shouldn't let King's height fool them. He already has seen a tough streak in the newcomer.
In King's first full practice at Kentucky, he was assigned to go in and lead block.
"He went in there and stuck his face in there and that was very impressive," Scott said. "It's not something young guys just tend to do. And he did a great job of sticking his nose in there."
Early in camp, Scott wondered whether the freshman would be too conscious about his lack of height, but King seemed to get over that the way he does everything else: quickly.
He's using his size to his advantage.
"We had a deal where (linebacker) Josh Forrest was free, and they couldn't get to them — they had a great defensive call — and he couldn't find King," Scott said. "King snuck out the back and he was still looking for him. He said, 'Coach, he couldn't find me.'"
In a meeting room crowded with veterans like Kemp, Horton and Williams, King is quick to ask questions.
"We've embraced him coming in and we love him," Williams said. "We know he can make plays and he's going to be special out there on Saturdays."
King has been fast in those meeting rooms, too.
"He's eager," Scott said. "He's a very smart football player. He catches on really, really fast. ... He pays attention. I think he's going to be very exciting."